We’ve had discussions in the Mageia community, to decide about the Release cycle of future versions of Mageia. We started with some proposals and everybody was able to comment and discuss.
The outcome of our discussions: the release cycle for Mageia will be 9 months. We think it’s a well-balanced choice, providing an up-to-date distribution that’s also stable. It should also give us enough time to build the specifications, develop, package, innovate and finalize it.
Each Mageia release will be supported for 18 months. We will have a global review of our resources before next release to check that we can still provide support according to our first plan. If all is going well, then we will think about releasing a LTS (Long Term Support) version every 18 months, to be supported for 3 years.
Development planning for Mageia 2 has tried to take into account all the comments coming from our Mageia 1 post-mortem. Here’s the timeline:
- Alpha 1 : 16/11/2011
- Alpha 2 : 14/12/2011
- Beta 1 : 20/01/2012
- Versions freeze : 06/02/2012
- Artwork freeze: 10/02/2012
- i18n freeze: 10/02/2012
- Beta 2 : 14/02/2012
- Releases freeze : 06/03/2012
- RC : 09/03/2012
- Final Release: 04/04/2012
Work has started already – you can have a first look at the technical specifications.