[openstack-dev] [all] [stable] No longer doing stable point releases

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Mon Jun 1 09:19:39 UTC 2015

Thierry Carrez wrote:
> TL;DR:
> - We propose to stop tagging coordinated point releases (like 2015.1.1)
> - We continue maintaining stable branches as a trusted source of stable
> updates for all projects though

Thanks everyone for the constructive discussion on this. Lots of good
stuff. Let me summarize the objections so far:

1. we'd lose the focus rhythm

Point releases triggered some attention to stable branches: the
necessity to fix the CI there when it's broken, and a surge in backports

2. it would be difficult to get proper release notes

If we don't have point releases anymore, we don't have release notes
anymore. Release notes contain various types of information: the list of
security fixes, the occasional upgrade warning, and the list of bugfixes.

3. we'd lose reference points

Tagged versions made great common reference points to share information
between various distros/deployments. If a distro packaged 2014.2.2, you
could take the same tag and package it and assume it was the same thing.
They also served as "fixed in version X" information on OSSAs.

4. we'd lose the "works well together" piece of information

The various pieces tagged with the same version number could be assumed
to work well together. Recovering that would have to be pieced back
together from commit dates and/or openstack/openstack stable branches.

Missed anything ?

Please see my following email as I try to address each of those.

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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