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Release Cycle

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A new release cycle

For the Blender 2.6x series, we will use this new release cycle, to release more frequently and predictable for users and developers.

A release cycle is 8-12 weeks long. The duration of the cycle will be set in Bcon1.

B-Con Levels

Bcon Level Duration Task
Bcon1: Set targets 2-3 weeks Confirm targets, make release schedule, start merging approved work to trunk
Bcon2: Merge/Stabilize 3-4 weeks Remaining branches can be merged in, but only the ones agreed on in Bcon1.

Module work can continue, focus is on stabilizing and fixing.

Bcon3: Fixing only 1-2 weeks go/nogo on branches. If a branch added in Bcon1/2 is still very unstable it will be reverted. Focus is on bugfixing.
Bcon4: Release candidate 1 week Release candidate is made, only critical fixes are allowed
Bcon5: Release & Freeze 1-2 days SVN is frozen. Splash & version commit, Release Ahoy and clear call for freeze/unfreeze.

(Test) Build Schedule

Build Time Testing
First Testbuild Beginning of Bcon3 All new features are added, user can test. At this point documentation efforts can also start.
Release Candidate Beginning of Bcon4 The release candidate to make sure, no critical bugs remain.
Final Middle of Bcon5 Final stable release