[gmx-developers] Release deadlines

Vedran Miletić vedran at miletic.net
Tue Nov 14 11:25:54 CET 2017

On 11/10/2017 08:08 AM, Erik Lindahl wrote:
> Hi,
> We’ve been dragging out the release far too long, but that is about to change so we get it out before the end of the year.
> One thing we've realized is that the release naming is bad because we end up doing releases like 2016.3 in 2017.
> Instead, this is a good opportunity to change the cycle and call this release Gromacs-2018, do it BEFORE the end of the year, and then have a few 2018.x releases all made during 2018.

So, we're versioning like MS Office and antivirus software now? :-)

> However, to make this happen we can't keep waiting for additional changes, because that in turn causes us to add even more stuff, and then we keep delaying.
> Thus, while we HOPE to get E.g. PME-on-GPUs in the next few days, that might not happen since we'll now be firm with the date rather than feature-driven deadlines.

That was the original idea anyway.

> We're planning the first beta for Nov 22. after that the release will be branched off and *NOTHING* that isn't a bug fix will be allowed. We will follow that with a (hopefully) fairly rapid beta cycle.
> However, in particular the next few days we want Gerrit to stay focused on the things that we absolutely need for the release. If you are uploading such a patch, explain in the first comment why it HAS to be in the release. 

Sounds reasonable.


> Cheers,
> Erik
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Vedran Miletić

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