Looking ahead to the 7.8 katamari

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 06:35:56 PDT 2012

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM, Alan Coopersmith
<alan.coopersmith at oracle.com> wrote:
> As is traditional when we release a katamari, I have created a new wiki page
> http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Releases/7.8 to hold the incomplete todo items carried
> forward from the 7.7 page, and a few other things that have been discussed but
> not previously put into the wiki.
> Developers, please use your X input event generating powers to activate the wiki
> edit icon and enter text changes to make the contents more or less realistic.
> Also, I know I said last time I wouldn't be doing another one (and my predicted
> unavailability in the latter half of last year was correct, leading to the
> release not coming out until this year), but this time I really mean it - I've
> accepted new responsibilities at work, leading to less time available for doing
> X.Org tasks, and passing on the katamari release manager baton is next on my
> list of ways to balance it out.
> Since no one seems to have screamed loudly about our katamari release cycle
> growing from 6 months to 12, and now nearly 18 months, it might be reasonable
> to plan on 7.8 coming out with Xorg server 1.15 in the second half of 2013.
> If that's the schedule we want, a release manager or release management team
> should be in place by this time next year.   The workload can be spread out,
> especially the load of releasing individual modules - the main thing we've had
> a single person for is deciding when to call it done and what to pull in or
> keep out.   That could also be handled via a team small enough to reach
> consensus without endless bikeshedding debate.  I will be happy to advise and
> pass on any knowledge/scripts I have to whomever is willing to take this on.

Does anyone care about an official katamari anymore?  Most
OSes/distros just cherry pick the parts they want anyway.  If no one
uses them, maybe they are not worth doing anymore?  If there is
someone that uses them, maybe they can step up to handle them,
otherwise we can just stick to component releases?


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