[openstack-dev] [all] Re-evaluating the suitability of the 6 month release cycle

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Tue Mar 3 10:59:59 UTC 2015

James Bottomley wrote:
> Actually, this is possible: look at Linux, it freezes for 10 weeks of a
> 12 month release cycle (or 6 weeks of an 8 week one).  More on this
> below.

I'd be careful with comparisons with the Linux kernel. First it's a
single bit of software, not a collection of interconnected projects.
Second it's at a very different evolution/maturity point (20 years old
vs. 0-4 years old for OpenStack projects). Finally it sits at a
different layer, so there is less need for documentation/translations to
be shipped with the software release.

The only comparable project in terms of evolution/maturity in the
OpenStack world would be Swift, and it happily produces releases every
~2months with a 1-week stabilisation period.

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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