Saturday, May 30, 2009

syslog-ng 4.0 roadmap plus release policy changes

I've updated the syslog-ng OSE roadmap on the syslog-ng webpage to include information about the upcoming syslog-ng version:

http://www.balabit.com/network-security/syslog-ng/opensource-logging-system/roadmap/

Also, I'd like to bring the changed release/support policy to your attention, that you can read at the same location above. I'd like to introduce stable track and feature track releases, the first being supported for a long time, whereas feature track releases are only supported until the next feature/stable release is published. When a sufficient number of features were published via feature track releases, the last one becomes stable and the cycle continues. Note that feature releases are NOT development snapshots, they are releases just like the major versions previously, the only difference is that instead of a large feature list like with syslog-ng 3.0, only a smaller set of changes are included.

This makes it possible to publish features more often, always concentrating on a few of them at a time, instead of doing development for a long time and come out with a feature packed release. I hope to increase the pace of syslog-ng development with this change and also to cause less problem for users who prefer stability over features. Please read the details on the roadmap page.

I've also opened the syslog-ng 3.1 repository and pushed it to our git server. Right now there are no differences (except for the version number) between 3.0 and 3.1, I'm planning to integrate Marton's message tagging and patterndb changes as soon as possible (his git tree is here). Hopefully the 3.1 cycle will be quite short as most of the things on the roadmap are already implemented, although scattered around in various public and private trees.

With the opening of the 3.1 branch, I'm also obsoleting 2.0 (in the new support model two stable track versions are supported at any given time and we have 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0 right now), but that'll go in a separate post/announcement.

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