I finally got tired today of trying
to remember for the Nth time when a particular simultaneous release came
out, or the exact order of releases. So, I created a simple wiki page with
a high level summary of the existing simultaneous releases:
It was surprisingly hard to track down
all that release information, so I think it will prove useful. Feel free
to edit/correct/augment this page, although I think it's best to keep it
as short as possible so that it provides a quick "at a glance"
summary. Also with the help of Remy Suen the wiki template wizard,
I added a simple succession box at the bottom of each release main wiki
page so that it is easy to navigate between the different releases.
One thing I noticed while doing this,
is that we have many terms for our release train: "simultaneous release",
"coordinated release", "annual release", "release
train", etc. I think we should strive to use a consistent term to
avoid confusion for the wider community, and I somewhat arbitrarily picked
"simultaneous release" for this wiki page. If other council members
have thoughts on this please chime in - we can perhaps discuss at the next
call if it proves to be worthy of debate.
I was also asked if it is correct to
say "The Eclipse Foundation produces a simultaneous release".
I think this is right, as I believe the planning council and committer
members are "part of" the Eclipse Foundation. We tend to equate
"Eclipse Foundation" with "Eclipse Management Organization
(EMO)", but I think these are distinct entities (the EMO being a small
but important element of the overall Foundation). Am I splitting hairs
here? Would it be better to say "The Eclipse community produces a
simultaneous release"? This doesn't seem right either, as anybody
using or talking about Eclipse is in some way part of the Eclipse community.
Please dive in to correct me here...