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Re: 5.1.9 tagged for release


 As a lurker on this mailing list, I'd just like to comment from where in my opinion the misunderstanding here stems from.
Back in the days before KiCad migrated to GitLab, any release was usually announced by Wayne (e.g. "I am going to tag 5.x.x on x.x.xxxx any comments on this?"). Usually the announcement was even proceeded by debate from lead developers, how and when (which bugs still need fixing). Since GitLab migration there is almost no discussions from lead developers and "pre-announcements" on this mailing list. I suspect that this is also happening on GitLab, but I am not sure as I don't follow it closely.
So the lurkers (and/or distro package maintainers) might act surprised with such announcements. I certainly did not expect 5.1.9 at this time.
Just my 2 cents

    On Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 15:36:42 CET, Wayne Stambaugh <stambaughw@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:  
 On 12/23/20 5:20 AM, Carsten Schoenert wrote:
> Hell Nick,
> Am 23.12.20 um 10:07 schrieb Nick Østergaard:
>> Hi Carsten
>> This is a balancing act. Quite some time ago we decided that we should
>> make the release _announcement_ (on the website) when we have build
>> available for some major platforms, these specifically being windows,
>> ubuntu ppa and macos, mostly because that gives us some good
>> "coverage" and we control those builds "ourselves".
> that's of course up to the KiCad team to do such decisions. But I see no
> reason why KiCad should be that exclusive. So far I've seen in the past
> all the big distributions and the maintainer of the packages for KiCad
> have acted quick as possible. But you need to give them some time. And
> again, we have x-mas, why rushing things more than needed?
>> I am not trying to exclude you as a kicad maintainer.
> But this is it it looks like.
> As at least one other contributor has stated, please give us the needed
> time. No planned release announcement was done again on any of the ML. :-(
>> By having the release announcement, it is easier to use that as a
>> reference when users are flagging packages in various distros.
>> Essentially we don't expect other distros to have builds ready by the
>> release announcement.
> Why not doing this? It has worked in the past years. It would look much
> better if things would be done more coordinated.

This is why I asked if everyone is OK with my original time line.  I
don't want to speak on behalf of all of the other devs because I don't
know what their schedules look like.  We should not be tagging all the
other repos until folks have had a chance to reply in case there is any
outstanding issues.  I'm perfectly fine with proceeding with my original
time line.  It sounds like we just had a few translations that needed
merged so I fine waiting until that is complete before we start building


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