Follow Up from "Let's Discuss Interim Releases"

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Fri Mar 8 03:15:28 UTC 2013

Rick Spencer <rick.spencer at> wrote:

>Hi all,
>There has been a lot of discussion and impact around the strawman
>proposal for changing our release cadence that I sent last Thursday.
>There was a misconception that the proposal was a decision that I was
>masking as a call for discussion. I want to reassure everyone that I
>really did mean it as a discussion. I feel passionately that we need
>to change and innovate in this area, but a change like this cannot
>succeed, or in fact be made, without discussion in the community and
>proper governance.
>Discussion of this topic on the mailing list and at UDS this week was
>wide ranging. There were a lot of divergent opinions and ideas. The
>discussion seems to have resulted in roughly three different forms of
>1. Move to a rolling release similar to what I proposed in the
>original straw man.
>2. Continue to release interim releases but only support them until
>roughly the next interim release 6 months later.
>3. Dramatically increase the rate of our releases to, say, once per
>I've attempted to capture the essence of these proposals (and
>associated sub-proposals) along with a structure for points and
>counterpoints in wiki format to support honing and organizing. They
>are currently stubs, so will need detailed content and continued
>honing, but the wiki format invites collaboration on that honing.
>I'd like to invite everyone who is interested to get their input into
>these pages by March 18th (or thereabouts). Then I'd like to work with
>interested people to select what we consider the best proposal to take
>to the technical board for guidance.
>Part of the straw man proposal was to convert 13.04 into a Rolling
>Release in order to allow us to go faster on the converged OS starting
>immediately. Given the work that is left to achieve a proper proposal
>for the tech board, I don't foresee such a proposal being completed in
>time to make such a radical change to 13.04.

Maintaining the current cadence should also be one of the options. 

Scott K

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