Forwarding some interesting information about MediaWiki's release cycle for
those who might not have seen Mark's email.
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From: Mark A. Hershberger <mah(a)everybody.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Release policy
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
After the discussion last week, I want to scope out a release policy so
that we'll all know what to expect.
* A major release will be made every six months.
* An LTS release will be made every two years. There will be a one-year
overlap in LTS support. For example, 1.19 is supported until May 2015.
1.23 will be released the year before that so that people will have 1.23
available as an LTS to move to and a year to make the transition.
* Releases notes will continue to be the basis for seeing what has
changed. Because of the nature of a volunteer-driven project, it isn't
possible to say with any certainty what *will* happen in the next 6-12
* To mitigate the problem of release notes, we will publish a list of
new features in the upcoming LTS relative to the last LTS six months
before it comes out. This means that about the time when 1.22 comes
out, we'll have an announcement for 1.19 users letting them know what
changes they can expect in 1.23.
* Point releases will be made periodically. Frequency TBD. Every point
release will include updated i18n files as well as any bug fixes. No
new features will be back-ported to point releases.
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