[CentOS-devel] 5.6 impact on 6.0 Release plan

Karanbir Singh

mail-lists at karan.org
Thu Jan 13 22:30:55 UTC 2011

On 01/13/2011 05:31 PM, Phil Schaffner wrote:
> "So: QA 5.6 and 6.0 in parallel or prefer one release over the other.
> Imho, 5.6 impacts existing installs, should get higher pref. Thoughts ?"
> Agree.  A public announcement of a decision on this, when made, would
> help head off a lot of user questions.

 From my perspective:

- 5.6 impacts existing installs

- 5.6 and updates contain security issues

- 5.x buildsys and process is fairly well tested and completely 
independent from 6.x; the main resources are not even hosted in the same 

- the 5.6 testing process, for whatever automation we have at the 
moment, is completely independent from 6.x's stuff ; the patching 
process is also completely automated ( Except for a few packages that I 
need to do by hand and a handful others that pitch in with specific 
patches - but overall its fairly quickly done )

- Finally, all packages for 5.6 are in the buildqueue and first round of 
builds is complete ( the last package dropped out about 2 minutes back ).

The only place where there is an overlap is in the QA process. But my 
guess is that having been through 5 previous releases, the QA guys can 
address this fairly quickly.

however there are a few other implications that need to be considered 
before making a decision. Firstly, the mirror situation. If we were to 
drop 5.6 in a few days time - we would need to wait for mirror's to 
stabilise before we move to releasing 6.0. I am not sure what that time 
lag needs to be, but it should be possible to workout.

What I am going to propose is that lets let both the threads run through 
for the moment. Lets meet in #centos-devel at irc.freenode.net at 1600 hrs 
on Friday the 14th Jan 2011 and talk about this, get a plan together. 
That time should hopefully be late enough for the Americans to be awake, 
but early enough for the Germans to not be drunk yet :)

- KB

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