[wp-hackers] 120-day release cycle

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Mon Oct 2 04:14:19 GMT 2006

Well, to date WordPress has been played "by ear" where ideas just come along and people volunteer patches on trac to add certain functionality and stuff.
You can say that 100 days of patches will be accepted and 20 days code-lockdown with only improvements coming in, but that just doesn't sound like WordPress :)

It's more than just a release cycle, it's an entire way of development. WP is a loose collaboration of hackers that put together code. When "it feels ready" it goes out. 

120 day release cycles are nice and dependable, but they're just not us, are they?

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-hackers-
> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Matt Mullenweg
> Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 6:37 AM
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> Subject: [wp-hackers] 120-day release cycle
> One of the biggest problems I think with WP is that our release cycle
> can be quite erratic. It makes it hard for people to plan around
> releases, because it's never quite sure when they're coming, and it
> also allows development to go far beyond when it should as more and
> more and more stuff happens.
> 2.1 still hasn't had a release, even though it's been very stable for
> months.
> I think as an experiment after 2.1, we should aim to do a release
> exactly 120 days after when 2.1 comes out.
> What could the release cycle look like?
> 2 months of crazy fun wild development where anything goes
> 1 month of polishing things a little bit, and performance Feature
> freeze.
> 1 month of testing, with a public beta release at the beginning
> After we're done and 2.2 is out, we can see how it went and decide
> where to go from there.
> What do you folks think about trying this type of release schedule out?
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