[Qgis-developer] Release schedule discussion - again
a.neumann at carto.net
Mon Oct 12 04:47:03 PDT 2015
I know - this discussion came up repeatedly in the past - but here I am,
bringing it up again. Jürgen - please don't shoot me ;-)
As a QGIS user in government (you could also replace this by a company
or other professional users) I find the 4 month release schedule not
ideal - and quite stressful. I would rather prefer a half-year or yearly
release and then proper bug-fix releases. I also find the one month
window for testing/bug fixing too short.
I think QGIS arrived at a stage where we have a lot of features, but we
still fight with quality. Every 4-month release has different bugs and
the first LTS version was not much different (quality wise). After 2-3
bug-fix releases it now arrived at a stage where the quality is quite
ok. But unfortunately this can't be said for the 4-month releases that
may or may not receive updates.
So should we really keep this fast release cycle with releases every 4
months with the risk that these in between releases are barely usable
for professional users or should we rather have one release every 6 to
12 months and invest more (financial) resources into these fewer
releases? I would personally vote for fewer releases and increased QA
resources. Maybe change to a release every 6 months with four months of
development and 2 months of bug fixing/testing - and see how this works?
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