Samba Release Planning
Samba Release Planning
The regular Samba release cycle intends a new release series every nine month. Each release series then enters into maintenance mode when the next major release version (4.x.0) comes out as the new current stable release series. For your convenience, the next to last series will be turned into a security fixes only mode.
That means, a series is
- nine months fully supported,
- another nine months in the maintenance mode,
- nine months in the security fixes only mode.
In total, each series is maintained for a period of approximately 27 months.
If 4.1 is the current release series, then 4.0 would be in maintenance mode, 3.6 would be in the security fixes only mode, and finally the support of 3.5 would be stopped with the release of 4.1.0.
Each series can have any number of desired minor release. These will be released usually every 6 weeks.
|4.2 (details)||new upcoming release series|
|4.1 (details)||current stable release series||2013-10-11|
|4.0 (details)||maintenance mode||2012-12-11||2013-10-11|
|3.6 (details)||security fixes only||2011-08-09||2012-12-11||2013-10-11|
Release Branch Policies
Development of new features should only happen on master. Once our release manager (RM) decides a new release is ready for a first release candidate, the RM will branch off a new release branch to stabilize the release code while still allowing more experimental work to continue on master.
The release branch is created when the release candidate is cut, and is closed as soon as it is created, and should stabilize up to the release, receiving mainly bug fixes and minor changes.
Therefore, for all branches other than master, only bug fixes are allowed into the branch, according to the following procedure:
- Every bug that is to be patched in a closed branch needs to be associated with a bug report in bugzilla.
- The developer of the patch needs to convince at least one other developer that the bug is critical enough to be included in a closed branch.
- The RM applies the patch from bugzilla only if the patch has been signed off by two developers.
The mode describes the status of the release series. The following modes exist:
- Upcoming Release
- Current Stable Release
- Maintenance Mode
- Security Fixes Only Mode
This is the new upcoming release branch. It's not ready for production. Release candidates might be available for testing.
Current Stable Release
This is the current release branch. Available bug fixes will be included in the regular bug fix releases. Bug fix releases will be shipped every six weeks usually (and on a as needed basis). New features or parameters will be added to major releases only and not within a release cycle (there might be rare exceptions).
Maintenance mode means that there are regular bug fix releases to address major issues and security issues. Less patches are backported to this branch than to the current release series.
Security Fixes Only Mode
Only security issues will be addressed in this release series.
There won't be any other versions of this release series.