|Subject:||any plans for soundriver or bktr?|
|From:||Steve Passe (sm...@csn.net)|
|Date:||Aug 16, 1997 11:16:40 am|
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[This is being deliberately cross-posted to -stable and -committers due to the importance of the subject; if your follow-up deals with work allocation or a similar subject, please cc committers. If it deals with user-oriented issues, please cc stable. - thanks!]
Since people received so little warning with 2.2.2, "the stealth release", I'm now erring a bit more on the other side of caution and giving people plenty of advance warning of my intention to release FreeBSD 2.2.5 at the end of September, a realistic final cut-off date for changes being September 15th. That gives everyone just 30 days to make sure that things they care about are properly merged into the RELENG_2_2 branch.
What sorts of things should and should not go into 2.2.5? Well, since the number of differences between the 3.0 and 2.2 branches currently totals some 18MB of unidiffs, it's obvious that not all of this will or should be merged from one branch into the other.
Bug fixes and security enhancements top the list of things which should go from -current into -stable before the release, if they haven't been merged already.
If some utility can also be upgraded to a version which has been proven to work well in -current AND imposes very little impact on the user (I.E. it's backwards-compatible and has not significantly changed its interface), it is a reasonable candidate for the 2.2 branch.
As always, of course, it is the committer who is expected to use his or her best judgement when deciding whether or not the risk/benefit ratio of merging something merits such an action.
Again: Starting from now, we have 30 days to get the RELENG_2_2 branch into reasonable shape and into its 15-day test cycle, after which we ship that puppy.
Conventional wisdom has always considered the "dot-five" releases to be the first truly solid releases of any branch (as witnessed with 1.1.5, 2.0.5 & 2.1.5) and I'd certainly be happy to see us carry this fine tradition into the 2.2 branch. ;-) Given that releng22.freebsd.org is also up and cranking out RELENG_2_2 snapshots every day again now, we should have that additional advantage during this release cycle which we didn't have before, at least where testing the installation tools is concerned.
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