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

ben van 't ende ben.vantende at typo3.org
Mon Nov 12 16:26:45 CET 2012

Hi Philipp,

The nine month cycle gets you into holiday periods etc. We shifted to April and
October at a certain moment to have the most suitable months.

gRTz ben

On 08/11/12 00:22, Philipp Gampe wrote:
> 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 
> documentation.
> 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 
> dates.
> So, now it is you take: What do you think about a nine month schedule.
> Best regards

TYPO3 Community Manager

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