[Qgis-developer] Release schedule discussion - again

Bernd Vogelgesang bernd.vogelgesang at gmx.de
Tue Oct 13 08:03:47 PDT 2015

Am 13.10.2015, 10:00 Uhr, schrieb Wolfgang Stemberger  
<wolfgang.stemberger at hotmail.com>:

> Dear all,imagine yourself being a new QGIS user. Go on the qgis-website  
> and you see immediately the download option >for version 2.10. Click on  
> "documentation" and you realise it refers to 2.8. This situation was  
> even worse in the >past (I think 2.8 versus 2.2). The first impression  
> you get, is that the software is not properly documented and >this is  
> definitely not a good argument especially for newbies (who we should  
> convince of using qgis).  There is >already a lack on people  
> contributing to the documentation, but the short release cycle makes it  
> even more >difficult to have up-to-date software help.
> As several others have also mentioned, QGIS has very good functionality  
> now and a slow-down would help to >make the software more stable and to  
> improve issues like documentation. Such a stable and well documented  
> >version could be promoted on the main page of qgis, while rather  
> unstable versions with more functionality >should be rather "hidden" for  
> those who would like to test.

I can imagine that the developers are proud of their product and want to  
promote it (2.10 vs. 2.8.3).
And in the past, it was really essential to migrate to the next version  
asap to get needed/missing features.

But even me, who likes to be on the edge and who is not afraid to test new  
things (which most people I know wont), I now stick to the LTR cause the  
advantages to switch the version compared to the hassle to update the  
system (and other peoples systems I would like to share projects with) are  
tending to zero or even minus.

Having to wait for 2 years for another version (and its nice new  
functions) on the other hand seems a little long to me.
A yearly base for a main version of QGIS would be fine. Documentation  
would have time to keep pace, bugs could be eliminated with point releases.

Sponsors who want their paid core features delivered asap should then have  
to take the "risk" and use intermediated releases, at the price of less  
documentation and maybe more bugs.

But the majority of users would benefit from that (which hopefully would  
result in more donations).

Just my 2 cents from my naive user perspective.

It would also be nice for me as a Linux user to have an easy possibility  
to run the master-version alongside LTR without compiling and stuff (like  
Windows user can).

> Wolfgang
> Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:32:28 +0200
> From: jef at norbit.de
> To: qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org
> Subject: Re: [Qgis-developer] Release schedule discussion - again
> Hi Lauri,
>On Tue, 13. Oct 2015 at 10:27:57 +0300, Lauri Kajan wrote:
>> What if we don't introduce any new features in LTR releases?
>Huh?  That's what we do.   And the LTR package repositories are fed with  
> the
> new LTR release only after it has been regular release for four month.   
> So you
> would probably never see a .0 there.
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