Release Structure Changes

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Fri Mar 15 13:58:41 UTC 2013

On Friday, March 15, 2013 02:23:57 PM Philip Muskovac wrote:
> >  - We support the idea of improving the quality and consistency of the
> >
> > development series, however, we are concerned that this can be taken too
> > far. Our current practice is to wait until at least beta releases of the
> > software we package to put them in the archive.  We anticipate continuing
> > this as waiting until later reduces the test exposure they get and
> > compresses the packaging working into a small period before feature
> > freeze.
> The testing side is the only worrysome part, the beta packaging can be done
> in  a PPA and bzr just fine. For those people that do care about testing
> our software, promoting the beta PPA for the development series should
> work. It would ofc. be less testing compared to putting it in the archive,
> but for beta software it shouldn't be too much of an issue.

We also could package alphas in a PPA, but we don't.  My fear is that we will 
continued to prioritize packaging the new release when it's time to put it in 
the archive.

As far as testing goes, you have to opt-in a PPA, whereas in the archive, you 
get testing from everyone running the development series.

I agree there are things that we can do to mitigate the impact, but overall I 
think it's better to land stuff in the archive at KDE beta 1 (or similar) to 
get wider exposure when there's still time to fix stuff.

Scott K

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