[Development] Qt 5.2 timelines

Oliver Wolff oliver.wolff at digia.com
Wed Aug 28 11:25:05 CEST 2013


Hi,

just as a heads up we hope to be able to get at least the qtbase
part of Qt's winrt port into dev before feature freeze. Plan is to
create the merge request by September 6 so that there is enough time
for reviews. If you want to have a look earlier you are of course
welcome to do so as well. Code can be found in "winrt" branch of qtbase.

Cheers,
Olli

Am 14/08/2013 14:13, schrieb Knoll Lars:
> Hi everybody,
>
> just wanted to send out a heads up about the Qt 5.2 timelines.
>
> I'd like to have the feature freeze at the 20th of September, so that we
> can have a alpha out before end of September, as discussed. Then we work
> towards a beta by the end of October, and a final by end of November.
>
> This is a pretty tight plan, but we can not really do the feature freeze a
> lot earlier since we will need the time to finish the Android and iOS
> ports and the qml/v4 work. Also KDE was asking for time until the end of
> September, so that they will be able to get all the features in that they
> need for the first release of KDE Frameworks 5.
>
> An added complication is that 5.2 and Qt Creator 3.0 will have
> interdependencies, so we will need to get them ready together. That
> implies that we will need to react fast and quickly to any showstoppers
> that the creator team finds in Qt 5.2.
>
>
>
> We used around a bit more then 3 months to get 5.1 out, and this plan
> leaves a lot less time for stabilisation of 5.2. There are however reasons
> why I believe we can achieve the plan.
>
> A lot of the delays in 5.1 happened because of 4 reasons:
> * stability issues with the CI system
> * Adding of two new platforms to CI and packaging
> * Lots of late changes to the build system
> * Addition of the online installers
>
> None of these should repeat themselves. The CI system is under much better
> control now, and we don't add online installers or new platforms again
> this time. I'll also veto build system changes after branching into stable.
>
> In addition, the quality of 5.1 is quite a bit better then 5.0, so we
> should have less showstoppers during the stabilisation phase..
>
> One thing we need to do however to give us a chance of making the final
> release happen according to plan is to add any new modules that will be
> part of 5.2 to the packaging now. We had some good discussions around Qt
> Connectivity, Mac/Win Extras and Location during the contributor summit,
> and should conclude on these modules very soon now.
>
> In addition, I believe we should start creating daily packages from the
> dev branch, so that we know our packaging is in a decent shape already
> before we branch into stable.
>
> With this in place, I believe we will manage to shorten our stabilisation
> phase down to around two months and be able to release 5.2 by end of
> November.
>
> Cheers,
> Lars
>
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