UP process change

The current UP frequency, and short testing period has brought sustainability issues for our small team. There were difficulties to maintain systems that are permanently changing and we had some bandwidth concerns.

We want to emphasize the quality, and stability of SolydXK. The current frequency limits development efforts to fixes. There is little time left for other things like marketing, and matters that would increase continuity. Now that Santa is regularly building new KDE versions, the building process takes a large part of the initial testing period of 6 days. Increasing the testing period without changing the UP release frequency would leave the testing team in a perpetual state of testing (that ultimately would be reflected also in your systems) which will not be sustainable even on the short term.

That is why we introduce a change in UP frequency, and length of the testing period.

From the January Update Pack, the frequency is changed to a quarterly process. The testing period is initiated on the first of the month, and will take two weeks of testing before making the Update Pack available to the public. The following dates are planned testing periods:

  • Q1: Januari 1 – Januari 15
  • Q2: April 1 – April 15
  • Q3: Juli 1 – Juli 15
  • Q4: October 1 – October 15

During this testing period, the SolydXK testing team will test the Update Pack on breakages and security risks. The last day of the testing period is the day the Update Pack becomes available to the public.

To further increase security both Firefox and Thunderbird are being built from source if there are new versions available. These packages do not necessarily follow the UP frequency, but will be released whenever they are available.

The SolydXK Team wishes you a happy new year, and we hope to see you soon on the forum!

13 thoughts on “UP process change

  1. I went from LMDE to SolydX, because the UP are more frequently. A UP every have a year was to long for me. A quarterly process is ideal for me, for a semi-rolling-relase model. I suggested it at the LMDE forum and i am happy that it is now at SolydKX. UP every month is ok, but quarterly is ideal. Thanks for your work, SolydKX is now my favorit distro.

  2. Solyd Team, Having the latest is always fun. I eagerly anticipate the updates each month, checking several times a day. The challenge of conquering an enexpected problem can also be very rewarding. But, the bottom line is, if my OS breaks and I have to spend most of a day or 2 fixing it, other things that I am responsible for don’t get done, and I can’t have that. I’m sure that you made this decision with some regret, but I believe that your assessment & chosen course are right on target, and will set you up for long term success.
    Many thanks for all that you do to support this quality project. I wish you much happiness & continued success in 2014.

  3. Every month I had to reserve from 5 to 7 hours to update at 300kbps. Now at every 4 months I think it’s well equilibrated. Neither too little nor too much.
    Now a suggestion: At every UP create new iso’s, give them a name and a number and you may have a double advertisement:
    “A new release at every 4 months” and “You never need to install your system again.” 🙂

  4. I’d much prefer monthly updates. But, if it’s going to cost me system reliability in the long run with monthly updates, then I guess quarterly is alright. Beats reinstalling my entire OS when a new version is released. Thanks for the hard work. 🙂

  5. Quarterly UPs and ISOs is just perfect 🙂
    Thanks a lot for great work and great distro!

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