[gmx-developers] remaining timeline for 5.0

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 11:27:53 CET 2014

Hi devs,

Many thanks for all your hard work. I've just made the release of the
second 5.0 beta.

We still have a number of features close to ready to ship. We originally
planned for a February 1 shipping date, which hasn't worked out. That's OK
- it's much more important that we ship things that work well, even if a
few weeks late.

So, I propose we use another fortnight for final merging of the remaining
content in gerrit. I don't expect that everything there will get in.
Ultimately that's up to you people, voting with your feet on what code you
develop, review and test! I propose that I will ship the release candidate
on Wednesday, February 12. Happy to move this either way if there's good

At that time, a release-5-0-patches branch will appear on our git servers.
The only content that can go there must fix a bug or enhance documentation.
We will not be dribbling in refactoring and completion work, such as we did
during the 4.6 releases. master branch will remain the place for new
content, and the content from release-5-0 branch will be merged to it. I
plan to have a 5.1 release during this year, probably in spring.

We will need another few weeks after feature completion, to go through
fixing and adding to the documentation, prompt tutorial authors and
third-party software developers to update for 5.0, test for simulation
performance on all the different kinds of systems we run on. I'll propose a
final release date at about the time of the release candidate.

Cheers, and thanks again!

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