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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-08-23 12:12:24

on Thu Aug 23 2007, Beman Dawes <> wrote:

> Proposal
> --------
> * Quarterly release schedule, with the target release date the 15th of
> the first month of each quarter.
> * If a release is late, that does not slip the date of the next
> quarter's release.
> * If something isn't ready for the current release, it is simply held
> until the next release. The current release is not delayed.
> * Being ready means being ready by the cutoff date set by the release
> manager. That will be relative early in the release cycle.

I would like to add that it means having all necessary documentation
in place. A library whose code is ready but whose documentation is
not complete and up-to-date is not ready.

> Rationale
> ---------
> Regular releases that occur on a predictable schedule have many benefits:
> * Developers know far in advance when library updates must be ready, and
> that's both an aid to planning and a motivation to get stuff done.
> * Users know far in advance when library updates will be ready, and that
> helps their planning and reassures them of continuing support.
> * Regularity creates a sense of quality and trust in Boost for both
> developers and users.
> Quarterly releases seem about right:
> * It's often enough that the process will become smooth.
> * It's often enough that developers won't feel pressure to release
> immature updates.
> * It's often enough that users will feel bug fixes and new libraries are
> being released on a timely basis.
> * It isn't so often that users will view Boost as unstable, particularly
> given the predictable schedule.
> * It isn't so often that developers and release managers will become
> fatigued.
> * A quarterly (or similar) schedule has been very successful for both
> open source and commercial projects.
> Comments? The rationale depends a lot on my personal experiences, but I
> don't see that as a bad thing.

Looks good to me.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting
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