[ovs-dev] OVN release proposals 2/3: Monthly point releases
mmichels at redhat.com
Mon Nov 22 21:59:44 UTC 2021
Currently, we tend to release a .0 version of OVN. It's rare to release
any follow-up point releases unless there is a major regression or if a
"critical" new feature barely missed the soft-freeze deadline.
Since it is rare to have point releases, it sometimes seems
pointless(ha!) to backport changes to the current supported release
branch, because those changes never actually get released.
My proposal is to have monthly point releases. In other words, if we
were to release 22.03.0 in March, then in April, we would create a
22.03.1 release, in May we would create a 22.03.2 release, and in June
we would create a 22.03.3 release alongside the 22.06.0 release.
Assuming proposal 1 does not pass, this would be the end. But if
proposal 1 passes, then we would continue to release 22.03.4 in July,
22.03.5 in August, and 22.03.6 alongside the 22.09.0 release in
September. For LTS releases (of which there are not any yet), the point
releases would continue until the end of their support is reached.
The goal of this is to ensure that users of a specific release actually
receive updates instead of feeling compelled to update before they are
ready. It also may motivate developers to ensure that bug fixes get
backported to the current release version.
Please respond with your thoughts on this proposal.
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