13.1 from main?

Alan Somers asomers at freebsd.org
Thu Apr 22 22:00:40 UTC 2021

Because we have a policy of never releasing anything even a little bit
backwards-incompatible in a minor release.  imp, for example, has been
removing obsolete drivers in main.  We can remove old drives in a major
release, but not in a minor one.  That's why we can't release 13.1 from the
main branch.

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 3:37 PM Ronald Klop <ronald-lists at klop.ws> wrote:

> Hi,
> Just wondering a bit. Why wouldn't the FreeBSD project release 13.1 from
> the main branch in about six months or some other time period? While making
> some monthly errata releases in the meantime.
> - This saves a lot of back porting of commits.
> - It prevents branches with old code like the current 11-branch with an
> old openssl version. Release early.
> - Saves some people time in maintaining the branches.
> - Saves time in coordinating the releases. Release often.
> - Reduces the number of needed RC's. Because the main branch doesn't
> divert a lot of what people are running in production.
> - Most people start testing/production use after the release. So this
> should be used as input for the main branch to improve the next release.
> Currently the feedback of 13.0 is put in 14.0 which is 2 years in the
> future.
> Just some thoughts. Which I really like. :-)
> Regards,
> Ronald.
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