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Re: moving toward a 3.0 release

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: moving toward a 3.0 release
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 22:56:57 -0400

As much as I would like to have graphics functions that are more
compatible with Matlab, I don't think we can do it for 3.0, at least
not if we want th release to happen in the near future.

I started this thread because I thought people wanted to see a new
stable release happen soon.  If that's not the case, then it is fine
with me to just keep plugging along with 2.9.x snapshots until we've
added all the features we can think of and we feel confident that they
are working.  By then, I suspect the mailing list will be full of
questions about why we don't support feature XYZ from Matlab 9, and
there will be resistance to release 3.0 until those features are
added, but maybe free software doesn't need to have version numbers
and periodic major releases.  I dont know.  I think I can be happy
with just having a series of snapshots.  They tend to work fine for
me, and they are a lot less hassle to create since there is less
pressure to make them perfect.

If people do want to have a stable release by the end of the year,
then I think we need to go with more or less what we have.  I think
the new graphics features would be too risky to add at this point.  I
think it would make more sense to have a release soon, then plan for
something like

  3.1  includes graphics objects, perhaps by mid 2007
  3.2  class objects, maybe by the end of 2007

Other major features that could be considered for other future
releases include

  real and complex single precision data type
  gui controls
  <your favorite major but currently missing feature here>

If we do adopt a schedule like this, then it doesn't mean that people
who are interested in working on graphics features have to stop
working on those things while they wait for the release.  That work
can continue even if it will not be included in 3.0.


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