[vbox-dev] 4.0 release cycle

Geoff Nordli geoffn at gnaa.net
Mon Dec 6 17:37:09 PST 2010

>From: Alexey Eromenko
>Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 4:29 PM

>On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:55 AM, Geoff Nordli <geoffn at gnaa.net> wrote:
>> I am trying to make a decision is we should start porting our app over
>> to
>> 4.0 from the 3.2 series
>> 3.2 debuted June 2009, and we are looking at an 18 month dev cycle to
>> a production grade release.  It seems there was a lot of core
>> functionality delivered during the 3.2 series, which takes a lot longer to bake.
>> When I look at the feature set on 4.0, I don t see the same level core
>> changes.  It seems to be more focused on fixing some of the usability
>> issues (like media management).  I would expect this version to
>> stabilize a lot sooner than the 3.2 series.
>> Do you agree?
>1. v3.2.0 BETA released on Apr.2010, so we talk about 8 month release cycle.
>2. v3.2 had more new Enterprise-class features, while v4.0 has more new User-
>oriented features. (Aero, better 3D graphics, ...)
>Overall the amount of new stuff is not small for both releases.
You are right, that was a cerebral hemorrhage.  It appears to be the 3.0 release date I was comparing it to. 

I am thinking though the stability of the core system will tend to mature rather quickly with this release.  We only use the system for the backend functionality.  The parts I do like is the cleanup with the session management, disk media handling, and async io.  


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