On Friday 14 July 2006 22:45, Jeremy Hylton wrote:
Maybe the basic question is right, but the emphasis needs to be changed. If we had a rule that said the final release was 90 days after the last submission that wasn't to fix a regression, we'd ask "Is this feature important enough to warrant delaying the release until three months from now?" I'm not sure what I think, but it doesn't seem like an implausible policy.
I really really doubt that this would work. There's always pressure for "just one more feature" - and as the release drags on, this would increase, not decrease. Note that dragging the release process out has it's own costs, as mentioned previously - either the trunk is in some sort of near-frozen state for an extended period, or else we end up in the double-applying-bugfixes state by forking much earlier.
This approach would also make it extremely difficult to plan for releases. I know that my free time varies across the course of the year, and I need _some_ sort of plan for when the release will happen so I can make sure I have the time free to spend on it.