FUDcon Lawrence: Overhauling the Fedora release model

Photo by Ryan Lerch This talk was part of the Fedora Users’ and Developers’ Conference in Lawrence, Kansas this past weekend. A full video of the talk is available. The Problem Spot gave this talk; it was essentially a proposal to change the model under which we release Fedora – not how we actually produce the bits and push them out, but more of the logistics around the release schedule and what names we give various versions of Fedora. The problem Spot was looking to solve with this problem is related to Fedora 18’s slippage. Fedora 18 had the longest slip in Fedora history – we were roughly two and a half months off of our schedule. One of the reasons for this is that we had a very large feature slated for Fedora 18 – the new Anaconda installer. Fitting something that large into a 6 month release cycle is challenging. If the installer ships broken, every part of the release is affected, so multiple slips were granted this release cycle to make sure we released with a solid and working installer. Slipping, though, causes a lot of problems, but so does missing out on opportunities to make large …