merge window for Subsurface 4.1 is open

Robert Helling helling at
Mon Dec 16 00:14:09 UTC 2013

On 16.12.2013, at 00:40, Dirk Hohndel <dirk at> wrote:


> Something like: a 4 weeks window to merge new features after a release.
> Then 8 weeks of bug fixing, documenting, translating, and finally a week
> to do the release. Which gives us quarterly releases.

I am a bit hesitant about this. For dynamic people like you and the two T’s this might work. But for slow people with little continuous time to contribute this means that two thirds of the time there is only testing and bug fixing. 

On my personal to do list, there are a number of bigger things that I would like to try to realize or at least get into a working state (e.g. photo events that link jpegs into into the profile, vpmb, getting the planner to a state that makes you reconsider, improving printing) that all have in common that they are impossible for me to realize in a single afternoon that I can spend on subsurface. I have not touched any of those in recent times because you made quite clear that you wanted 4.0 out in a finite time frame. 

I guess I could make significant progress in say a couple of afternoons. But with your schedule all those afternoons would have to fall in a four week period until the end of January. And with the holiday season coming up, miracles can happen but also not. Since then for the next two months it would be morally forbidden to spend time on such things that would at least for me mean none of those ideas will ever happen as I will rather be sending bug reports and maybe to occasional one line fix.

I guess this would be totally different if you doubles all the times and aimed for a release twice a year (or even better two releases per year each with two months bug fixing and documenting efforts before).

Of course, this is your decision. I think it’s a perfectly fine decision to stick with the one per three months plan given that the vast majority comes from the very active people and this schedule fits them fine. All I am saying is this plan does not fit my personal situation very well.

Thanks for all your work and happy holidays everyone!

Robert C. Helling     Elite Master Course Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
                      Scientific Coordinator
                      Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen, Dept. Physik
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