[Development] Schedule for Qt 4.8.1

Turunen Tuukka Tuukka.Turunen at digia.com
Wed Feb 15 08:46:29 CET 2012

On 14.2.2012 12.45, "Olivier Goffart" <olivier at woboq.com> wrote:

>On Monday 13 February 2012 12:28:06 Turunen Tuukka wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> We would like to release next version of Qt Commercial 4.8 around
>> It would be really great if we can again sync the LGPL and Commercial
>> releases both in timing and content to the extent possible.
>> If we agree that mid-March is a good target time for the next patch
>> we should have as much as possible all the fixes in by end of February.
>> Naturally a patch release will not have any new features, but there are
>> some fixes that we are very much targeting to be in 4.8.1 such as ones
>> needed for publishing apps in the Mac App Store.
>> Since 4.8 was moved to gerrit, we have been actively redoing our merge
>> requests, and quite much has already been merged into the 4.8 branch.
>> Yours,
>Hi, not really related, but here are some question that I have regarding

I think this discussion is better to continue in the releasing mailing
list, but here are some answers from me.

>1) What are the planed differences between the open source and the
>in 4.8.1?

There are no specifically planned differences in the essential
functionality. We have been contributing the pending items via new system,
and many are already in.

My assumption is that there will be less items than in 4.8.0, depending
which of our changes are accepted into LGPL version.

Most likely the delta will be biggest on RTOS platforms, as well as some
fixes for desktop that are important for our customers, but not
necessarily such that the module maintainers want to have in the open
source version.

>2) Will there be a release branch, like there was with previous version
>of Qt? 
>(Which let a bit of time to stabilize the actual release by
>only showstopper)
>There was none with Qt 4.8.0, why?
>If there is one, when?

My opinion is that a branch is needed somewhere to do the work, but after
the release is done, that branch is not needed any more. But this item
specifically should be decided by those who do the work.

>3) Usually, since a lot of bugs are found in a x.y.0 release, the x.y.1
>quickly after (less than 2 months). Mid march is 4 months after 4.8.0
>(Yes, that's more a fact than a qustion)

4.8.0 was actually quite a good release, at least from our viewpoint. Not
perfect, nothing is, but quite well received on average.

>4) Who is the responsible for the Qt 4.8.x releases?

I do not think the Qt Project has yet decided on who is responsible for
what, and how releases are done.

We are glad to help, as we are anyway making the releases for commercial

>5) Was there a post mortem after 4.8.0 release?  (What went good, what
>bad?)  How is the feedback after the release?  How stable is that minor
>release compared to other ones?

I have not seen one done on Qt Project level. Naturally different parties
have done their own testing. At least for 5.0 such a post mortem would be
good to have.



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