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From "Peter M. Goldstein" <peter_m_goldst...@yahoo.com>
Subject RE: Release Plan v2.1
Date Sun, 03 Nov 2002 18:51:21 GMT

One more item that I left off the list -

Build Tasks:

iii) Updating the changelog to reflect the changes in version 2.1

I'm taking care of this one as well.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter M. Goldstein [mailto:peter_m_goldstein@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2002 3:58 PM
> To: 'James Developers List'
> Subject: RE: Release Plan v2.1
> All,
> Well, here's my suggested scheduler for release 2.1, given the
> developments to this point.  Let me first summarize what we've gotten
> done, then what remains to be done before release, and then lay out
> schedule I think is realistic.
> We have, at this point, achieved all the code specific goals discussed
> in the release plan of September 28th.  We have replaced the
> ConnectionHandler infrastructure, addressed the TimeScheduler issue,
> closed all the code specific bugs in item #4 of the earlier release
> plan.  We have also made a number of substantial performance and
> usage improvements over the last month, as well as bringing the NNTP
> server into better agreement with the specification.  We've upgraded
> distribution to Phoenix 4.0.1, resolving the logging bug.  The
> have also been brought up to speed.  As far as I can tell, there are
> outstanding code items required for 2.1.  So I'd like to declare code
> freeze for this version.
> Documentation and testing comprise the bulk of the remaining work.  We
> still need to carry out the following documentation tasks:
> i) Document the configuration files in toto.  Format the documentation
> consistently, as well as vet it for correctness.
> ii) Document the top 5 items on the TODO list
> iii) Add FetchPOP documentation
> iv) Produce a consistent documentation package for the 2.1 version
> details the product services, as well as the basic steps of
> and configuration.
> Build tasks:
> i) Build a milestone build for testing.
> ii) Adjust the CVS to allow future maintenance of the 2.1 branch while
> permitting radical change for the 3.0 revision.
> Testing tasks:
> i) Run general tests on a variety of platforms.  We've already done a
> great deal of testing on both Windows and Linux platforms, but it
> be good to get a great deal more testing done before the official
> release.  We should look to our user base for potential testers.
> ii) Test TLS support for POP3 and update the status from experimental
> stable.
> Marketing tasks:
> i) Produce a press release for distribution through channels
> both the release of 2.1 and inviting developers to participate in
> version 3.0.
> ii) Distribute this release through channels (i.e. Slashdot)
> iii) Ensure that we are listed on common sites that provide lists of
> available mail/news servers.
> I'm working on items i, ii, and iv on the documentation task list, as
> well as items i and iii on the marketing task list.  Anyone who wants
> step up for any of the other items, please do.  I'd like to ask Danny
> specifically to address the milestone build issue, since he has write
> access to the web site.  If he can get me such write access, I'd be
> happy to build and post the milestone build.
> Here's my desired schedule:
> November 4th, 2002 - Creation and posting of milestone build
> November 4th-17th, 2002 - Testing period.  Aggressive testing of James
> under a variety of conditions.
> November 8th, 2002 - Documentation freeze, which requires completion
> all documentation tasks.
> November 15th, 2002 - Completion of press release, list of sites to
> which the release needs to be distributed.  Mail server info sites
> should be updated with links at this point.
> November 18th, 2002 - Release.  Update of web site to reflect newly
> released version.  Distribution of press release to sites should be
> completed immediately after release.
> How does this sound to everyone?  Danny, what are your thoughts on
> making a milestone build?
> --Peter
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