4.6 roadmap of sorts

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at xfce.org
Sun Apr 6 22:38:12 CEST 2008

Am Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:33:18 +0100
schrieb "Olivier Fourdan" <fourdan at gmail.com>:

> Hi all.
> On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 11:57 PM, Brian J. Tarricone
> <bjt23 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> >  Moritz was kind enough to set up a sort of roadmap page to help
> > gather in one place the things that need to be done before 4.6 can
> > be released. You can see it here:
> >  http://wiki.xfce.org/roadmap_to_46
> That's really great and much, much needed. I would like to take this
> opportunity to discuss the way we are  I am not sure it addresses one
> of the main concern I have with our development scheme.
> Don't shoot yet, let me explain :) we are a very small group of
> developers with very little time, so placing the bar too high may
> cause severe delays in the releases cycle and may discourage some of
> us.
> Wouldn't it better to choose a time based release cycle, a date we all
> agree so that we can then decide what can goes in and what cannot,
> depending on each developers availability and agenda.
> If something cannot make it in tome for 4.6, no big deal, it will
> hopefully make it in 4.8 but at least we shall have 4.6 out before
> everybody forgets about Xfce. But since we all know and agree on the
> date, we can arrange to make 4.6 stable even if this is not as feature
> rich as it was initially planned,
> What do you guys think? Please note that this is not incompatible with
> current roadmap, it is just that I would like to see some kind of date
> in this roadmap otherwise we'll end up doing the same as with 4.4, be
> more than 1 year beyond schedule (even if schedule do not mean much
> for us, it's still important I think).

I'm fine with a time-based release schedule as long as there is some
time to concentrate on fixing bugs after the 'feature freeze'. I don't
have much time these days and I guess half-implemented-but-working-code
like libxfce4menu would be less critical with shorter release cycles.

  - Jannis
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