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I am very sceptical about the so-called benefits of
releasing on a strict time-schedule.
The process seems to favour new features over bug fixes.
I thought the old way was better - release it when it's ready.

However, it seems to be the way things are at present,
so I guess we have to live with it!




Chris Morgan

Software Manager
Lynx Information Systems Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 8780 2634

On 21/02/2012 19:55, Don C. Myers wrote:
Hi Sharon,

LibreOffice is released on a time schedule. This is more fully explained here:

Included in this document is the following:

Time based release trains have been shown to produce the best quality Free software. A time based release is one that does not wait for either features, or bug fixes - but is based (as purely as possible) on time. This enforces discipline in introducing fixes, gives predictability, and allows more regular releasing. It is also the case that we will necessarily release earlier, and then rapidly, incrementally bug fix releases based on the previous stable version. Thus if you have a need for the very highest quality version, it can make sense to defer a move until the first or perhaps second minor point release.

Synchronizing our time based release schedule with the wider Free Software ecosystem also has huge advantages, by getting our new features, out to users as quickly as possible - with a minimum of distribution cycle lag. In consequence, we will aim at six monthly releases, and over time nudge them to align well with the March / September norms.

I generally wait until the 3.x.1 or 3.x.2 versions are out. If someone is not aware of how the release schedule for LibreOffice works, it is very easy for a person to reach the conclusion that you did that 3.5.0 wasn't adequately tested or ready for release.


On 02/21/2012 12:02 PM, sharon kimble wrote:
I have downgraded my LO program from 3.5.0 to 3.4.5, as the lack of
autospellcheck and recent documents in 3.5.0 were real show stoppers, and not
being able to find any workarounds.

I feel that 3.5.0 was released either with inadequate testing, or before it
was ready for release. No matter, its no longer a problem for me.

Thank you for the experience, and all those who suggested workarounds.


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