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Re: What is required for LTS releases? (was: [PROPOSAL] Prepare Beam 2.8.0 release)

Twitter vote concluded with 52 votes with the following results:
- 52% Stable LTS releases
- 46% Upgrade to latest release
- 2% Keep using older releases

This reads like another supporting evidence for making LTS releases. In the light of this, what do you all think about Kenn's proposal of making existing branch an LTS branch? 

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 4:18 PM, Ahmet Altay <altay@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Kenneth Knowles <kenn@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Yes, user@ cannot reach new users, really. Twitter might, if we have enough of adjacent followers to get it in front of the right people. On the other hand, I find testimonials from experience convincing in this case.

I agree I am not sure how much additional input we will get from a twitter poll. Started one anyway (https://twitter.com/ApacheBeam/status/1055598972423684096). I used Thomas's version as the basis and had to shorten it to fit the character limits.


On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:59 PM Ahmet Altay <altay@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 9:16 AM, Thomas Weise <thw@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 2:42 PM Ahmet Altay <altay@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We attempted to collect feedback on the mailing lists but did not get much input. From my experience (mostly based on dataflow) there is a sizeable group of users who are less interested in new features and want a version that is stable, that does not have security issues, major data integrity issues etc. In Beam's existing release model that corresponds to the latest release.

It would help a lot if we can hear the perspectives of other users who are not present here through the developers who work with them.

Perhaps user@ and Twitter are good ways to reach relevant audience.

We tried user@ before did not get any feedback [1]. Polling on twitter sounds like a good idea. Unless there is an objection, I can start a poll with Thomas's proposed text as is on Beam's twitter account. 


A poll could look like this:

The Beam community is considering LTS (Long Term Support) for selected releases. LTS releases would only contain critical bug fixes (security, data integrity etc.) and offer an alternative to upgrading to latest Beam release with new features. Please indicate your preference for Beam upgrades:

1) Always upgrading to the latest release because I need latest features along with bug fixes
2) Interested to switch to LTS releases to obtain critical fixes
3) Not upgrading (using older release for other reasons)