[xmonad] 0.8 release suggestion

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Mon Jul 14 17:10:16 EDT 2008

> Hi everyone. So as I've occasionally said in #xmonad, I think we
> should consider releasing 0.8 this month or in August at least.
> As it is, it's currently been quite a while since the last release by
> XMonad standards. We usually have 1 or 2 months between a release; if
> you look at the months, it goes: 1 5 1 1 1 1 2. If we release July,
> then there will only've been 4 months, but by August, 0.8 will be
> contending for the longest gestation and with September will take the
> record.
> I'm sure everyone is familiar with the arguments for making a release,
> but I don't think we need a very long freeze.
> The last changes to XMonad proper were back in May, only a month or
> two after the 0.7 release. That seems pretty stable and well-tested to
> me. :)

Gestation time is fine, it is just a sign that the project is
stabilising. I'd like to see a release by the end of the month.

> And XMC needs to be released because looking at the changelogs and
> <http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Xmonad/Notable_changes_since_0.7>,
> there've been quite a few changes; and indeed, in my experience we're
> starting to get darcs XMC too out of sync with the release XMC (eg.
> one fellow had problems with my Search module because he was following
> the web docs).

Yes, XMC is the primary reason for pushing a new release out.

> There is one thing which concerns me a little. The Notable changes
> page claims that 'defaultGaps has been removed, see
> XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks.avoidStruts, which is now the preferred
> method for setting gaps. ManageDocks will soon be moved into the
> core.'. Is this still the plan? That language has been there since
> March, but I haven't heard anything about this being done, or
> scrapped.

That's not the plan. The ticket was closed last week.

-- Don

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