[Qgis-developer] Release schedule discussion - again

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Mon Oct 12 06:46:37 PDT 2015

Hi Anita,

I know that I don't need to update every release.

By stressful - I don't only mean myself as a governmental user - but us 
all (the people involved with the QGIS project). For you as well. Why do 
we have to release so often? Aside from web browsers - I don't know a 
single open source project that releases so often.

In reality, there wasn't a single release that did not need a patch 
release shortly after.

By concentrating on fewer releases we could invest more resources in 
quality assurance, testing, etc.

Who really needs a release every four months?

We also put stress on our users - if they don't upgrade every release - 
they risk that their project doesn't load properly anymore. There are 
many cases where the user tried to upgrade - say from 2.2 to 2.8 and ran 
into troubles because he skipped 2.4 and 2.6.

I think the time based releases are a very good idea - but to release 
every four months is too often.


On 12.10.2015 15:24, Anita Graser wrote:
> Hi Andreas,
> On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Andreas Neumann <a.neumann at carto.net 
> <mailto:a.neumann at carto.net>> wrote:
>     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.
> ​Could you clarify why this issue is not addressed by the current LTR 
> approach? Just sticking to the LTR ​
> ​versions (maybe not 2.8.0/2.14.0 but instead 2.8.1/2.14.1) shouldn't 
> be stressful.
> Best wishes,
> Anita​

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