[TYPO3-core] Proposal for the upcoming Roadmap and LTS

Philipp Gampe philipp.gampe at typo3.org
Thu Nov 8 00:22:16 CET 2012

Hi Benjamin Mack,

Benjamin Mack wrote:

> We really want to stay in the 6-month-release cycle

I just read the same discussion on the fedora list a couple days ago. The 
are currently arguing whether to postpone the release by 2 month or shift 
the release week by week until the blockers are fixed.

Their problem with the 6 month release cycle is the same as we have with 
TYPO3 CMS. It is not that six month would be too short, but really there are 
no six month.

After a release you are busy watching, commenting and fixing possible and 
actual bugs. This takes at least one month before you really get to go and 
implement new feature. The time you do not spend with bugs, you spend with 

After that there is some kind of break - either a mental rest or your 
annuals holidays. Afterwards you have to read up everything that happened in 
between. Take three weeks for a break and one week to catch up and you end 
up with another month.

So you already lost about two month before the actual coding work gets up to 
speed. With a six month release cycle and a feature freeze of two to three 
month, you end up with about 1-2 month of actual coding.
This is just not enough to get big features done-done.

You can not really create much new code during the feature freeze, because 
you are (or should) be busy to fix bugs, stabilize the new features and 
create documentation.

So what I want to propose is an idea that came up in the fedora list:
Change to a nine month schedule.

This gives you about six month of actual coding time and avoids the problems 
of a full year schedule, mainly being too long and having always the same 

So, now it is you take: What do you think about a nine month schedule.

Best regards
Philipp Gampe – PGP-Key 0AD96065 – TYPO3 UG Bonn/Köln
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