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!