Release schedules

Sean Cavanaugh Millenia2000 at
Fri Dec 12 09:26:36 PST 2008

From: "Joe S" <js.lists at>
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 12:20 PM
To: "Roland Smith" <rsmith at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>; "Jonathan McKeown" 
<jonathan+freebsd-questions at>
Subject: Re: Release schedules

> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 4:01 AM, Roland Smith <rsmith at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:59:24PM +0200, Jonathan McKeown wrote:
>>> I've been biting my tongue about this because I'm not sure that I can 
>>> offer
>>> any help or useful suggestions, but here goes...
>>> What on earth is going on with release scheduling?
>> Two words: volunteer project
>> I would propose to do away with the release schedule altogether, or make
>> it very succinct;
>>  next release: when it's done.
> What? Isn't that the Linux kernel schedule?
> Give me a break. The OpenBSD team of volunteers makes a new release
> every six months, with target release dates in May and November. I
> can't recall a slip of even one day. I know, this isn't OpenBSD, but
> it proves that a regular release schedule is indeed possible.

also remember that 6.4 was being worked on at the same time. there's only a 
finite number of people to spread across both projects. finalization of 7.1 
should come faster as 6.4 has been released 

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