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James E Keenan
March 23, 2018 21:48
Re: 5.28.0 is pushed to May
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On 03/23/2018 03:30 PM, Karl Williamson wrote:
> On 03/23/2018 01:13 PM, Sawyer X wrote:
>> On 23 March 2018 at 22:03, Neil Bowers <> wrote:
>>>> TL;DR: Due to a request from the Toolchain and upcoming maintenance
>>>> releases, we decided to push the release of 5.28.0 to May instead of 
>>>> April.
>>>> […]
>>>> The Toolchain has raised a concern that BBCs (CPAN breakage blockers)
>>>> should have more time to be resolved, especially when the Perl 
>>>> Toolchain
>>>> Summit (PTS) is happening in April.
>>> Would it be helpful for the Perl release schedule if, in general, we 
>>> aimed to have the PTS in March, rather than April/May?
>> I have not heard myself the concerns about the May releases, so I
>> don't know how much of it a problem it is to move releases more
>> officially to May. If anyone has objections or concerns, let me know.
> I'm concerned that there isn't enough time after the PTS to incorporate 
> whatever needs to be done in time for a May release

Speaking from the perspective of someone who is only peripherally 
involved in Perl Toolchain activity* but who is much more involved in 
Perl 5 Porters activity ...

I don't think the PTS participants should be focused on preparing for an 
imminent Perl 5 production release.  They should be focusing on the 
toolchain and its development over the next year or so.  Granted, part 
of that toolchain ships with core, but most of it does not.  In any 
event, if a PTS happens one month before a Perl 5 annual release, we -- 
P5P -- should be deep into code freeze at that point, hence, unaffected 
by whatever happens at PTS.

I do favor a month separation between PTS and Perl 5 release, for the 
same reason as I favor a month separation between Perl 5 release and 
TPC::NA, namely, some people are heavily involved on each side of each 
pair of events and they/we need time to breathe.

Thank you very much.
Jim Keenan

*I participated in the 2013 QA Hackathon in Lancaster, but that was as a 
"self-pay" rather than as an invitee.

>>> April/May tends to be better from the weather front, but most of the 
>>> time is spent indoors, so it’s not that much of a bother if the 
>>> weather is crap ;-)
>> I think this is also something to align with other events and the
>> attendees. I personally do not mind either one. If I see a concern, I
>> will be sure to raise it with PTS organizers.

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