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Ticket #131 (assigned defect)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 18 months ago

Public release timetable suitable for users

Reported by: dons Owned by: MtnViewMark
Priority: minor Milestone: 2012.4.0.0
Component: Web site Keywords:
Cc:

Description (last modified by dons) (diff)

Claus Reinke has proposed:

The idea is simply to have a single dated news item that lists current and next release versions, either with date or with reasons for delays, and to add a link to the release timetable for more detailed information (since the platform logo is used elsewhere, it might be good to provide a variant with automatically overlaid version number).

In particular,

More generally, could the current status of the platform please be made *obvious early* on its webpages? Currently, a visit looking for such info might go like this:

1. http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/

doesn't say anything about versions or timelines

2. http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/contents.html

gives GHC versions, without linking them to HP versions or timelines

3. http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/windows.html

lists current version and timeline of older versions (good), but does not state that the current version is a beta, nor does it indicate that there is a stable version due, or what problems are keeping the beta from becoming stable

4. http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Haskell_Platform

does not offer much info, but seems to be the only page linking to

5. http://trac.haskell.org/haskell-platform/

no current version info, release time table is only for package maintainers, none of the "open bug reports" has a 2010.x milestone

6. http://trac.haskell.org/haskell-platform/wiki/ReleaseTimetable

THERE!-) This is the information I was looking for, at least part of it! But where is the rest?

I suggest the following changes as a minimum improvement:

- link to 6 directly from 1 (even better: insert cute calendar with

highlighted release timelines on 1!-)

- add current version overview for each OS to 1 (in case the

per-OS versions are out of sync)

- add trac links to 6 that list the showstopper tickets for

the current release (this assumes that the showstoppers have trac tickets and, preferably, milestone and severity information)

- add info about next release and blocking issues to 3 (and to

the other OS-specific pages) - downloaders should not have to guess that the current version is a beta, or what problems have been found with it

Change History

Changed 4 years ago by dons

  • description modified (diff)

Changed 4 years ago by dons

Partially completed. The next release will have the stable/testing versions on the front page, and a link to the timetable up until the next release.

Changed 19 months ago by MtnViewMark

  • owner changed from dons to MtnViewMark
  • priority changed from major to minor
  • component changed from Platform to Web

Even more of the above has been fixed. More coming.

Changed 19 months ago by MtnViewMark

  • milestone set to 2012.4.0.0

Changed 18 months ago by MtnViewMark

  • status changed from new to assigned

I believe the vast majority of this has now been addressed. The only thing remaining is to clean up the wiki page.

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