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On 10/05/2012 06:41 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
Hi Charles,

Le 2012-10-05 06:32, Charles-H. Schulz a écrit :

Hoping this will be the last time we discuss this on the marketing list,
and so that we can move on to actual marketing topics and work....

To be fair to Tom, this is also a recurring topic from others. So, when I have time, if we can all agree to this, I will put together a wiki page for reference. We can then point to the appropriate wiki page for reference.

How does this sound?

This does not mean that I am suggesting that we not discuss it anymore, just that we all get the facts down on paper so that we can have a more productive discussion on this topic should it come up again.



I think a WIKI page would be a great idea.

I like the original idea of the 2 line development approach. Having a line that is "more stable" or "for critical applications" and a new line for "the cutting edge" development is a good idea. The practice of marketing this concept is now happening correctly, or we would not have the 2 line question come up as often as it seems to be.

As I have stated before, I use the 2 line model for my systems and people I work with. I will use 3.5.6 or 3.5.7 till 3.6.4 or 3.6.5 comes out. Then I will keep with the 3.6 line till 3.7.4/5 comes out. The development cycle for working out all the issues that comes up with the "cutting" or "bleeding" edge line separate from the line that is more conservative and may be better for the "major" business user IS needed.

The key is we need a better and definitive statement on why LO is doing the 2 line development cycle. I get why it is being done, but other are having a problem with this development model. Big business companies cannot afford to do such a development cycle. FOSS organizations can. If I was going to pay my workers to develop a package, I would not do the 2 line model, but with an all volunteer and contributor development is can be done.

Marc, please start the WIKI page describing why LO is in a 2 line development cycle. I hope after the page is completed there will be less confusion about it and then it also might lead into a better marketing "plan" for marketing the 2 line concept to the users and potential users.

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