[Libreoffice-qa] ESC meeting agenda - Adding topic: Broken release process when fresh become still and when still become EOL'ed

Florian Effenberger floeff at documentfoundation.org
Thu Jan 28 10:27:49 UTC 2021

Hi William,

Cloph and Xisco can give more technical details, so just some quick 
thoughts from my side before the ESC call:

William Gathoye (LibreOffice) wrote on 27.01.21 at 18:22:

> Right now: 6.4 is EOL'ed[4] but it is still advertised on the website 
> while the update service is redirecting users of 6.4 to the 7.0 version. 

I think it is intentional that we always do have two parallel versions 
available for download, but it's something that might change as we are 
looking into the rolling release system, which makes this 
differentiation obsolete.

> 2. Write and ensure a check list for the release process is **enforced** 
> to ensure these use case are properly handled and the TDF update service 
> is advertising the right version with 2 days max delay.

The goal is to have the update trigger live within one week. Two days 
sounds rather short - having some days gives us the option to see if 
there are any major problems, and is e.g. also what many Android vendors 
do with their staggered rollout.

What's the rationale for two days, why that urgency? Also, thinking of 
the release days on Wednesdays or Thursdays, it might be smart to not 
put forward such updates during the weekends, when reaction times in 
case of issues are slower than during the week.

Unless we e.g. have a very severe security issue, a week sounds just 
fine to me. Ultimately, this is something Cloph and Xisco should decide 
together with the ESC.


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