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Developers Meeting on Weds, January 19, 2011

Agenda

  • Moving towards finalizing a Timeline for 1.8.0
    • Over past few weeks (and amongst Committers privately), a few 1.8 Timeframe options have been discussed:
      1. Release 1.8.0 in Sept 2011 - See Sample Timeline #1 in 1.8.0 Release Notes
      2. Release 1.8.0 in Oct 2011 - See Sample Timeline #2 in 1.8.0 Release Notes
      3. Release 1.8.0 "with enough time to generate reports/presentations" for Open Repositories. The exact details of this proposal are still a bit unclear to me, and need clarification. But I suspect this would mean a 1.8.0 release in Dec 2011 or early 2012 (i.e. before deadlines for OR12 submissions start to occur).
  • Beginning to brainstorm potential features for 1.8.0 release:
    • More Curation Tools/Plugins? (Obviously, some could potentially even be release asynchronously, and also formally "bundled" with 1.8.0)
    • REST API formal release? It missed 1.7.0, but there seemed to be interest there. Volunteer(s) to stabilize/improve for 1.8.0?
    • DSpace "Easy" Installer? (see DS-802 for very early thoughts – code coming soon)
      • Perhaps, alongside this, an easier way to "install" plugins/addons (like Curation Tool plugins)??
    • Other ideas, things people are already working on / towards?
  • Topics for upcoming "Special Topics" Meetings?
    • git / DCVS
    • Forming a "Documentation Management Team"? Or reworking our procedures for managing/reviewing/approving Docs on the Wiki.

Meeting Notes

1.8 scheduling & feature brainstorming, JIRA review

  • JIRA Review: ended with DS-668
  • 1.8.0 Scheduling Discussion
    • Some misunderstanding about our version numbering scheme:
      • 1.x.x -> 2.x.x = major version (major architectural changes, may not be 100% compatible with past versions, but obviously will have a migration path)
      • 1.6.x -> 1.7.x = minor version (feature changes or minor architecture changes, should be compatible with other past versions)
      • 1.7.0 -> 1.7.1 = subminor version (bug-fixes only - no new features or architecture/DB changes)
    • 1.8.0 Scheduling - New call for a vote will happen on dspace-commit list. Hope to be decided/finalized soon.
    • Version numbering - more discussion of whether to change our numbering sequences. Some options posed:
      • Drop the "1.", so 1.8 would become "8"
      • Number similar to Ubuntu, so if the release was in Oct 2011, it would be version 11.10 (YY.MM)
      • No real decision, just floated ideas
  • 1.8.0 Potential Features

Meeting Transcript

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