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Re: [Pkg-xfce-devel] Xfce plans for the lenny cycle

On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 10:14:33PM +0200, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt wrote:
> The release team is currently working on a schedule for the lenny
> release cycle. For that, we want to gather some data from the bigger
> software packaging teams in Debian first.

> Our current, very rough plans would mean a release in 18 months with some
> padding in both directions, which would lead to a lenny release around 
> October 2008. We expect to shuffle this a bit around to fit everyone's 
> needs, so please tell us if this date works for you.

Yves-Alexis has made a reply about the timeline from upstream although
it's worth noting that upstream care much more about Ubuntu (and
xubuntu) than Debian so vaguely planning a Debian release near Ubuntu's
may be a good idea from our point of view.

Also, padding is extremely frustrating.  The 4 month wait from December
to April effectively froze uploads from October/November[0] until April
which seemed a little too long.  If developers believe that you're
releasing in say October then we'll be more careful about uploads a
long time before the freeze but if we believe you're saying you're going
to release in October but really will slip by 4 months then we (and
presumably other developers) won't bother and your job becomes harder.

If you're going to more closely manage the next release (and this does
seem to be the message you're giving out so far) please, please, please
pick a firm date, tell everyone you're really serious about it and
somehow communicate that you really mean it to the rest of the project.

This might be teaching you to suck eggs in which case I apologise.

[0] I can't find the actual freeze date - it was supposed to be 18th
October for a 4th December release according to the plan at:

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