Mageia 2: Release Cycle, Support dan Planning

Perencanaan seputar rilis Mageia Linux 2 sudah mulai didiskusikan oleh komunitas. Beberapa konsep yang ditawarkan, mengerucut pada satu keputusan bahwa Mageia akan dirilis tiap 9 bulan sekali. Pendekatan tiap 9 bulan merupakan pendekatan kompromistis antara konsep yang dipakai tiap 6 bulan sekali (seperti Ubuntu) dan 12 bulan sekali (seperti Mandriva dkk). Dengan masa rilis tiap 9 bulan sekali, kekinian paket/aplikasi dan kestabilan distribusi bisa seimbang dan terjaga. Semua proses persiapan spesifikasi, pengembangan, pemaketan, inovasi dan finalisasi bisa berjalan optimal dan tidak terlalu terpancung waktu.

Hasil diskusi di komunitas juga memutuskan bahwa tiap rilis Mageia akan didukung selama 18 bulan sejak dirilis (1,5 tahun) dan kemungkinan jika sumber daya komunitas Mageia sudah memungkinkan, opsi menambah dukungan dengan konsep Long Term Support (LTS) bisa dipakai. Rilis versi LTS ini dilakukan tiap 18 bulan sekali, dengan dukungan support selama 3 tahun.

Perencanaan pengembangan Mageia sudah dimulai dengan lini masa sebagai berikut:

  • Alpha 1 : 16/11/2011
  • Alpha 2 : 14/12/2011
  • Beta 1 : 20/01/2012
  • Versions freeze : 06/02/2012
  • Artwork freeze: 10/02/2012
  • i18n freeze: 10/02/2012
  • Beta 2 : 14/02/2012
  • Releases freeze : 06/03/2012
  • RC : 09/03/2012
  • Final Release: 04/04/2012

Tentang spesifikasi teknis berupa usulan dan usulan yang diterima/dikerjakan bisa dilihat di laman berikut: http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=iso2:technical_specification

We’ve had discussions in the Mageia community, to decide about the Release cycle of future versions of Mageia. We started with some proposals and everybody was able to comment and discuss.

The outcome of our discussions: the release cycle for Mageia will be 9 months. We think it’s a well-balanced choice, providing an up-to-date distribution that’s also stable. It should also give us enough time to build the specifications, develop, package, innovate and finalize it.

Each Mageia release will be supported for 18 months. We will have a global review of our resources before next release to check that we can still provide support according to our first plan. If all is going well, then we will think about releasing a LTS (Long Term Support) version every 18 months, to be supported for 3 years.

Development planning for Mageia 2 has tried to take into account all the comments coming from our Mageia 1 post-mortem. Here’s the timeline:

Alpha 1 : 16/11/2011
Alpha 2 : 14/12/2011
Beta 1 : 20/01/2012
Versions freeze : 06/02/2012
Artwork freeze: 10/02/2012
i18n freeze: 10/02/2012
Beta 2 : 14/02/2012
Releases freeze : 06/03/2012
RC : 09/03/2012
Final Release: 04/04/2012
Work has started already – you can have a first look at the technical specifications.

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