[Python-Dev] Release Schedules (was Stability & change)

Paul Hughett hughett@mercur.uphs.upenn.edu
Tue, 9 Apr 2002 10:32:49 -0400


Neal wrote:

> 'Major' releases (roughly corresponding to Linux kernel even releases)
> would occur every ~ 18-36 months.  These releases would be full
> executable, doc, etc.  This seems to be the crux of what many people
> want.  They want a vibrant changing language.  But they don't want to
> have to deal with that change.  They want longer cycles. We are
> talking about users of the language, not hard-core developers.  These
> releases would still go through the alpha, beta, gamma releases.  The
> last development release in a cycle would become the first alpha.

> Bugfix or point releases (eg, 2.x.y) would be made as needed, ~ 3
> months.  These releases would still go through the alpha, beta, gamma
> releases.  This release would be concurrent with the development
> release.

BINGO!  That's what I want as a production user.  Punctuated equilibrium,
as the paleontologists call it.  (I'd tighten up the interval to 12-18
months, but that's a quibble.)


Paul Hughett