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Re: Minor releases (post v5.0.0)


Please save this for the post v5 discussion.

On 1/11/2018 1:27 PM, Chris Pavlina wrote:
> I agree with all of this 100%.
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 11:45:58AM -0600, José Ignacio wrote:
>> I've started to see a flurry of features that are either getting rushed in
>> for v5.0 or being pushed aside to the future "v6" version of kicad. Due to
>> the limited resources of the development team and the sheer amount of work
>> for each major release, the development cycles get pretty long, and many
>> small but significant features will not see wide use until v6 will come out
>> in a couple of years, as new features are not allowed in bugfix releases.
>> Would it be possible to this week clamp down completely now on _any_ kind
>> of new feature for v5.0, and instead of pushing it to v6 (which sounds very
>> far in the future), push it instead to v5.1, which could be released just a
>> few months after v5.0 and include small features that don't break
>> compatibility in a major way. That should also ease the continual
>> backporting of bug fixes as the stable branch wont get overly stale, and
>> small convenience features will get much better testing before the rush of
>> the next release. IMO it will make the 5->6.0 cycle a lot less stressful
>> than it's been for the past two cycles.
>> Features in the v4->5 cycle that have forced me to use the master branch
>> for production are things like the eeschema field autoplacing, eeschema
>> field editor, gal performance improvements, STEP support. All things that
>> didn't really break compatibility of my projects as much as a major release
>> can do, but many people using the stable release haven't been able to test.
>> ~Jose
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