OpenSuse have turned to the community for the release of version 12.3. The long established distro which sits in the mid point of it’s bi-annual release schedule is looking back over how the release of 12.2 was received by users and the media to help focus on the where to concentrate for the version due in roughly three months time.
The team believes that although 12.2 was itself a great distro release, there are still many lessons to be learned for 12.3. Some of the points highlighted include :
We should be testing Live CDs during the development lifecycle so brokenness doesn’t build up. Help welcome! We have already done so during the hackaton last weekend and we urge you to help during the RC’s! We need better coordination between packagers on the UsrMerge and similar projects and bug reports. The openSUSE [Boosters] Team was mostly occupied doing marketing and promotion tasks during the final release phase of the distribution, so some fixable bugs slipped through and were seen by reviewers as negatives. We need to step up our marketing efforts, and it’s why we planned the openSUSE 12.3 marketing/artwork hackaton end of this month! Since core members of the Marketing Team are moving on to other responsibilities, it’s important that the project builds this team up again now so that can promote the next release effectively, especially completing and distributing press kits and release announcements further ahead of the actual release. Again, the hackaton will help with this. An openSUSE Build Service reboot in release week brought the completion of the Gold Master image down to the wire – the project needs better coordination with teams inside SUSE. Since openSUSE follows a development strategy best described as “undirected hacking”, making an exciting story out of the release is harder. We need to plan features and themes for upcoming releases more in advance – this will make development more attractive as well as the marketing team’s job easier.
Download numbers for all the different versions of OpenSuse 12.2 have also been collated and analysed with the totals also being used to shape the future. The full blog post by Will Stephenson can be found here for further information.