With Xen 4.6 released in October, we are already one month into the new cycle. Which means it is time to start planning for the next release. You may remember that one of the goals of the 4.6 release planning was to create smoother developer experience and to release Xen 4.6 on time. Both goals were achieved, so it was time to think where to go from here. Thus, the Xen community underwent a thorough discussion on how to manage future releases from xen-unstable and its impact on stable releases. The takeaway message of those lengthy threads is that we should continue to work on making the release cycle shorter and more predictable.
As such, the timeline for 4.7 is:
- Development starts: October 13, 2015
- Last posting date: March 18, 2016
- Hard code freeze: April 1, 2016
- Release date: June 3, 2016
After the 4.7 release, we will start to release Xen every 6 months: at the beginning of June and December. A regular 6 monthly release schedule has worked well for Ubuntu, OpenStack and many other projects. The idea behind it is a simple one: set a hard date and modify your goals to match that timeline. Which is also, why we dropped feature freeze exceptions, which create overheads and introduce unnecessary risk and debate. In addition, the new fixed release schedule will help open source projects and commercial vendors who consume Xen to plan their own releases better. And it allows us to set a schedule that ensures that every single release cycle is only affected by a single holiday period and that we have a Xen Project developer event (be it a Hackathon or Xen Project Developer Summit) during each release cycle. The stable release scheme is unchanged: 18 months full support, plus 18 months security fixes afterwards.
For more information, check out the slides that explain our release process and how it is changing for Xen 4.7 and beyond. To follow the roadmap in the coming months, be sure to check the Xen 4.7 Roadmap page on our wiki. Get involved on xen-devel@ and happy hacking!
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I am back from the Citrix Synergy event and in the process of uploading all the Xen Summit videos to the Xen.org servers. I will be posting the videos as they are uploaded throughout the day. I expect to have the first 19 talks up on the website in the next 20 minutes or so. I will also be updating the daily mail tracking for the Xen.org wiki today as well.
Finally, if you are waiting for me to get back in touch with you, I should have my email inbox processed by the end of today.
Over the past year or so I have been doing a weekly categorization of the following Xen.org mailing lists:
Each mailing list is updated on a weekly basis in a variety of categories to assist you in looking for answers to questions that you have and may already have been answered. You can find the complete set of weekly tracking at http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenWeekly. Each week contains the complete set of emails for that week as well as a listing of all the updated and new pages in the Xen.org Wiki.
You can also do a nice, simple search at http://xen.markmail.org to find your information from all available Xen.org mailing lists emails. The MarkMail database will search every email that has been sent on all the mailing lists to find your information. Additionally, you can review common Xen issues/questions in the wiki at http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenCommonProblems or http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenUsersQuestions.
My apologies, but it appears the mailing lists are having issues. I have asked IT to take a look at the issue and get them up and running again.
The Xen.org community is currently very active in the use of mailing lists for communication amongst developers, users, testers, etc. I have created a searchable repository of all emails sent via the MarkMail system at xen.markmail.org for everyone to leverage when looking for specific information.
However, I often get emails from people that are interested in having an online Forum system available for posting questions, discussions, etc. As I don’t want to create a second communication system, I have been searching for the right tool that will allow a form and mailing list system to feed each other ensuring that all community members can obtain the same data regardless of desired interface.
Based on my research, I believe that we can use the following tools to make this happen:
- phpBB 2.0x – open source forum system
- mail2forum – Connects Mailman Mailing Lists with phpBB Forums for synchronization
I am looking for feedback from the community on these two tools – have you used them? will they work as advertised? are there other solutions to consider? Any and all feedback is appreciated.
Finally, once we decide to use these tools (or another solution) I would like to see if we can’t get a Xen hosting provider to host this service for the community. I will ensure that the company gets marketing on the Forum Pages and announced in this blog; just like I do with the blog site, Solution Search Tool, and (coming soon) event management site.
I have created a new xen-mailing list for those people interested in discussing research related topics for Xen. The email is email@example.com and you can register at http://lists.xensource.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/xen-research.