[Development] Qt 5.12 schedule proposal & proposal for release process change

Alex Blasche alexander.blasche at qt.io
Mon Apr 16 08:12:37 CEST 2018

> -----Original Message-----
> On Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:42:29 PDT Jani Heikkinen wrote:
> > And at this same time I want to propose that we stop delivering alpha
> > or beta releases and just do snapshots instead. Publishing regular
> > snapshots should be done until we are ready for RC. That because I
> > don't see that much need for those anymore. Those are nowadays kind of
> > milestones and in my opinion makes whole process a bit
> > unclear/difficult (we don't have very good definitions for Alpha and Beta
> releases).
> Yes we do.
> Alpha means feature complete, asking for feedback on the API and new
> functionality.
> Beta means implementation complete, asking for feedback on the quality of the
> implementation, seeking bugs and regressions to be fixed.
> RC means we've fixed everything we knew.

I wholeheartedly agree with Thiago. The distinction may not make a difference from the release team perspective but it makes a world of difference for developers (who have different limitations for each step) and the world as they can decide how bleeding edge the code is that they want to test.

I have a problem with the motivation behind this suggestion too (don't understand it). The naming makes no difference for you as release manager (afaict just a label). Why suggesting it aka what do you want to gain by doing snapshots only?

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