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Are We Breathing in the Same Rhythm?

May 12, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Tom and Aaron discuss timing and release schedules, and development cycles. Aaron talks about trunk/ and freezes therein should follow a natural lifecycle. This assumes that the whole KDE community lives and breathes as one individual, synchronised and all. So a development-and-release-cycle forces all developers into one rhythm. Everyone has to follow this one release rhythm. It's a good idea, but I think we should also make the lives of those easier that choose another breathing ryhthm. There are a couple of things to consider here. The most obvious being that we need this flexibility anyway. We rely on certain release mechanisms and interface stability policies in other projects as well. (We partly solve this problem by providing abstraction layers, think phonon and solid). Now the interesting case is that Phonon, which is new in Qt's 4.4 release is also provided by Qt. Phonon now breathes in a 9 month release cycle in Qt, and a 6 months one in KDE. So one could argue that it's a smart idea to breathe in the same rhythm as Qt does. We could follow up every release of Qt with a KDE release..."

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