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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-05-11 10:43:08

The current approach to getting releases ready is completely broken in
my opinion. Each release requires heroic efforts by the release manager,
careful attention by many developers, and endless delays until
everything is just right.

This is discouraging to developers and, worse yet, important library
upgrades and bug fixes are taking far too long to get into user's hands.

The problems with the current release approach are not caused by release
managers or developers, but rather by the release system itself. It just
doesn't scale up to the number of libraries now in Boost, since every
library has to be ready before a release can occur.

These problems will only grow worse as more libraries are added.

I propose changing to a different release model, one based on always
maintaining a release-ready stable branch and merging updates for
individual libraries into it asynchronously.

A draft proposal is available at

I've put a fair amount of thought into this proposal, and have run some
Subversion simulations to make sure it works smoothly.

What do others think?


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