[Python-Dev] time-based releases (was Re: Preserving the definition order of class namespaces.)

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed May 27 23:34:26 CEST 2015

On May 27, 2015, at 05:15 PM, Terry Reedy wrote:

>How about a feature release once a year, on a schedule we choose as best for

We discussed timed releases ages ago and they were rejected by the majority.
Time-based releases can make a lot of sense, especially if the interval is
short enough.  If a feature doesn't make it into the May 2015 release, oh
well, there will be another one in X months.

Ubuntu has had a lot of success with X=6 time-based releases.  That's not to
say there aren't plenty of logistics to work out, or that they are a panacea,
or even that they would work with an all-volunteer developer community.  But
time-based releases do have advantages too, and maybe those would outweigh the
disadvantages for Python at this point.


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