[FFmpeg-devel] FFmpeg 0.6 status update

Reinhard Tartler siretart
Tue May 4 23:24:22 CEST 2010

Hi folks,

On Tue, Mar 02, 2010 at 15:09:12 (CET), Reinhard Tartler wrote:

> Here's the plan:
>  - create branches/0.6 on X
>  - tracking changes and "backporting" them until X + 7days
>  - reconsider the difference between branches/0.6 and trunk for r days
>  - release on X + 7days + r

Day X is 4. Mai 2010, i.e., today. Or to use other words, I've just
created the 0.6 branch. It took considerably longer than expected do to
a couple of reasons. One is that Diego and I consider this release a bit
special, namely as a solid basis for HTML 5 support. Therefore we decided
to wait on some Theora bugfixes and improvements. Other reasons include
a regression in libswscale (FATE detected a failed test on big endian
machines), and of course limited time.

> Now some more general comments on the plan: As Michael has asked to
> avoid a formal freeze, we are trying something different this time:
> branch early and consider the patches that are applied during the week
> from branch date manually for the release branch. This of course has the
> drawback that working on 0.6 doesn't become easier. So if you do care
> about the release, you can immensely help us with:
>  - working on keeping trunk in shape (AKA keep FATE 'green')
>  - avoid 'risky' changes
>  - after creating branches/0.6, clearly state in the commit message if
>    you think a patch should go into the release
>  - focus on reviews that fix regressions

Ok, we now start the "freeze" week. This means that everyone has the
option to nominate any patch committed to trunk for backporting to
0.6. Diego and I will consider and (if it makes sense) include it. This
also means that now is a perfect time to review documentation and draft
release notes! We also had several offers to translate them, so the
faster we get the release notes ready, the faster translators can begin
with their work.

Next week when we're ready with the release notes, we can roll tarballs
and formally announce FFmpeg "Works with HTML 5" 0.6 !

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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