[Gluster-Maintainers] 3.8 Plan changes - proposal

Raghavendra Talur rtalur at redhat.com
Thu Jan 7 11:25:22 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM, Vijay Bellur <vbellur at redhat.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am considering the following changes for 3.8:
> 1. Include 4.0 features such as NSR, dht2, glusterd2.0 & eventing as
> experimental features in 3.8. 4.0 features are shaping up reasonably well
> and it would be nice to have them packaged in 3.8 so that we can get more
> meaningful feedback early on. As 4.0 features mature, we can push them out
> through subsequent 3.8.x releases to derive iterative feedback.

Would it be possible to provide these features without impacting the
stability of 3.8 for users not interested in new features? I am aware that
these will be provided as opt-ins but surely there would be code changes
involved in libglusterfs, posix xlator and rpc mechanisms.

> 2. Ensure that most of our components have tests in distaf by 3.8. I would
> like us to have more deterministic pre-release testing for 3.8 and having
> tests in distaf should help us in accomplishing that goal.

A major hurdle here is the test infrastructure setup. We have around 25
slaves(NetBSD and CentOS combined) for our .t based regressions. If we
could get more slaves to setup the distaf based jenkins jobs to run them in
parallel we can push module owners to start contributing distaf tests.

> 3. Add "forward compatibility" section to all feature pages proposed for
> 3.8 so that we carefully review the impact of a feature on all upcoming
> Gluster.next features.


> 4. Have Niels de Vos as the maintainer for 3.8 with immediate effect. This
> is a change from the past where we have had release maintainers after a .0
> release is in place. I think Niels' diligence as a release manager will
> help us in having a more polished .0 release.


> 5. Move out 3.8 by 2-3 months (end of May or early June 2016) to
> accomplish these changes.
> Would like to know your thoughts and opinions about this proposal before
> we reach out to the broader community about the changes.
> Thanks,
> Vijay
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