Why and How Should Open Source Projects Adopt Time-Based Releases?

M. Michlmayr, B. Fitzgerald, and K. Stol (2015) Why and How Should Open Source Projects Adopt Time-Based Releases? IEEE Software, vol. 32(2). Special Isssue on Release Engineering.

SCALARE partner Lero/University of Limerick and Dr Martin Michlmayr from HP have had a paper accepted in the Special Issue on Release Engineering, which will appear in IEEE Software magazine, which is targeted at software professionals. This special issue will be published in May/April 2015.

Release engineering is an important aspect in the software development life cycle, for several reasons. One of them is that companies who integrate open source software components into their products must synchronize their release cycle with the open source community release cycle. This paper presents work led by Dr Martin Michlmayr, who used to be project leader of the Debian Linux distribution and provides an argument for why open source projects should adopt time-based releases (rather than feature-based releases). The paper also provides a number of guidelines that indicate how they might do this.

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