[poppler] Rethinking poppler releases

Albert Astals Cid aacid at kde.org
Tue Sep 23 15:51:06 PDT 2014

Hi all, we released 0.26.0 five months ago. And we have no schedule for 0.28.0 
(or i can't find no email discussing it).

This is something that has been happening repeateadly, we "forget" when the 
next feature release or we need to delay it because we only release it every 
so often and we *really* need a feature in.

I'd like to propose a change from having bugfix releases every month and 
feature releases every ~6 months to just having a release every month.

In that release we would introduce both bugfixes and features.

We have been *very* good in the past with not introducing regressions thanks 
to running the regression suite, so i think this is a good thing since it 
makes it easier for our features to reach the users earlier (e.g. i have a 
feature in poppler-qt that need to be released to make okular faster).

The downside is that some distros won't like it, but honestly those distros 
already don't update some of the minor releases because we do changes to our 
internal APIs so one can't fix distros.

Given the manpower we have at the moment (i.e. very low) i think a monthly 
release (or maybe every two months) that contains both bugfixes and features is 
the best for us.



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