[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5.3 ETA?

Mon Feb 16 19:55:37 UTC 2009
R P Herrold <herrold at centos.org>

On Mon, 16 Feb 2009, Manuel Wolfshant wrote:

> There are several people with relevant experience around, 
> some of them being for quite sometime involved in the 
> project. I am sure that a cry for help will not get 
> unnoticed, would such a need arise :)

There is a fine line the project walks between the various 
roles which members of the core CentOS team assume over time.

As it happens this time (although the binaries were reported 
as built), they did not get staged and spun where the 
remaining folks with admin rights could take the next steps 
needed for some QA and release of testing ISOs as we had 
planned and blocked out.

It happened.  In polling the other members not absent last 
week, I think we are of a mind that we will not take steps to 
compound one delay with a workaround which may impair the 
value of work already done by a temporarily absent team member 
-- more than a mere duplication of the build effort is at 
issue here [easy enough with one off local 'leaf' updates, and 
really not that hard in more the general case; just laborious 
-- also the solution paths taken can introduce differing items 
to bugfix for a general release].  I am loathe to possibly 
break that absent member's workflow.

We are aware of the delay, and will take some steps at 
improving the chokepoints identified this go round, just as we 
do after every point release.

I wish I had an exact date to offer for a final release, and 
it may be that we decide to expose a 'rough edges' archive for 
those who 'cannot wait' to pick and choose updates from.  As I 
understand it, some information we need to talk through such 
an alternative in the update process 1s supposed to surface 
later this week

-- Russ herrold