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Re: [HACKERS] Development Plans

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Development Plans
Date: 2005-02-25 16:32:38
Message-ID: 20050225163238.GL84483@decibel.org (view raw or flat)
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On Fri, Feb 25, 2005 at 10:49:59AM -0500, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> I have no idea how to predict what will be in 8.1.  I couldn't predict
> what would be in 8.0 until just before feature freeze, so the idea that
> we would have any clue about 8.1 is unrealistic.
> 
> How do other open source projects predict these things? The most visible
> project I know that did that was Mozilla, and it was very unpredictive,
> and they had a higher percentage of paid folks than we do.

Not to sound like a broken FreeBSD drum, but they manage to do it, and
afaik a pretty good job of it.
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.4R/todo.html is an example.
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.4R/schedule.html is also interesting.

I suspect a big part of why/how they can do this is they have a much
larger developer pool than PostgreSQL; I believe there's over 2000
people with commit access, and there are probably 100-200 people who are
actively developing code for FBSD. But it's been some time since I
followed the details of FBSD development, so I could be way off on these
WAGs.
-- 
Jim C. Nasby, Database Consultant               decibel(at)decibel(dot)org 
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FreeBSD: "Are you guys coming, or what?"

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