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Minutes of Freetown Release Meeting, 2007-08-13

TOC and Agenda

Logistics, Participants, IRC log

1. Action Item Review

  • Only few turned up at previous meeting so no meeting either.

2. Review Urgent Bugs

  • Desired outcome: Find owners to fix urgent bugs

  • No meeting

3. Coordinate TWiki Release 4.2

  • Desired outcome: Decide on tentative dates for string freeze and other dates; identify and assign action items

  • Feature freeze (last day to checkin new features): Monday 28 May 2007.
    • Feature freeze includes skin and templates!
  • Beta release:
    • No plan
  • Earliest release date (can be delayed if too many bugs are open or tests fail):
    • No plan

4 Release Manager Position Open

Back in FreetownReleaseMeeting2007x04x09 when a few key developers pushed hard to get a 4.2.0 release to support some features they had done for clients (see FreetownReleaseMeeting2007x04x09 and read the log of the 4.2 vs 5.0 discussion) I KennethLavrsen was against the release and wanted the community to rather focus more long term on a 5.0.0 to address the features that were needed to make TWiki survive as a product. There would in my opinion not be enough meat on a 4.2.0 release.

But a few strong community members (Sven and Crawford) pushed and I volunteered to release manage 4.2.0 like I had release managed the previous releases.

But recently it is clear that only Crawford are working on closing the many open bugs. The rest of the community are working on items not related to 4.2.0 and leaving it to Crawford to finish the work.

And some community members have expressed to me in private confidential emails that the features added to 4.2.0 were not interesting and that they did not plan to even upgrade their own production installations.

Quite many contributors that used to work on the core have more or less stopped contributing.

Lately TWiki.net has arranged a few key developers to create updates for 4.1.2 for the certified TWiki.

So not even TWiki.net is supporting 4.2.0 release but are going for the 4.1.2.

There are certain individuals that have not been honest to me lately. Without community support I simply cannot continue as release manager on 4.2.0.

And unless someone steps in - I recommend canceling the 4.2.0 release and focus on 5.0.0.

Instead the most urgent bug fixes should be merged to the Patch branch - not including the new user code - not including any skin updates - not including any template changes - but including the new search code and Wysiwyg bug fixes and released as 4.1.3.

The reason I would like to see the query search released is that with that in the field for a year - it enables more radical changed in storage technology for 5.0.0

I know it is also vacation time - but the lack of interest both in fixing bugs, and showing up at the release meetings - has lasted for two months now - and I am sure the real reason for the lack of interest is that the scope of 4.2.0 is too narrow and the many template and skin related re-factorings made an easy upgrade from 4.1.2 to 4.2.0 too much work while adding nearly no value to existing users and contributors. People simply do not care about 4.2.0.

My resignation as release manager is for 4.2.0 and I am still equally committed as core team member and customer advocate.

Action Items

  • KennethLavrsen resigned as release manager on 4.2.0. Find new release manager or cancel 4.2.0



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