release? no, this time really I mean it

Despite my occasional recent murmurings to get a release out, which
fall by the wayside as more pressing matters arise, I really would
like to do a 0.98.4 ASAP. Part of the reason is that there are lots
of great features and bug fixes that should be more easily accessible
to others (in particular Jae-Joon's fantastic work), part of the
reason is that the website gallery is getting farther apart from the
last released version, and part of the reason is that I am giving a
talk on Dec 12th to the NIPS "machine learning and open source
software" (MLOSS) conference.

  http://mloss.org/software/

John Eaton, of Octave fame, is the other invited speaker to this
session, and I want to put our best face forward.

I would like to do the release this weekend if Charlie has time
(Charlie?). So please get your bugfixes and cleanups in over the next
couple of days, and let me know if there are any other critical
show-stopper problems or critical bugs that should hold up the
release.

And if you have any extra time to spend taking out a few bugs on the
tracker over the next couple of days, that would be great.

JDH

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

- Charlie

···

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM, John Hunter <jdh2358@...149...> wrote:

Despite my occasional recent murmurings to get a release out, which
fall by the wayside as more pressing matters arise, I really would
like to do a 0.98.4 ASAP. Part of the reason is that there are lots
of great features and bug fixes that should be more easily accessible
to others (in particular Jae-Joon's fantastic work), part of the
reason is that the website gallery is getting farther apart from the
last released version, and part of the reason is that I am giving a
talk on Dec 12th to the NIPS "machine learning and open source
software" (MLOSS) conference.

http://mloss.org/software/

John Eaton, of Octave fame, is the other invited speaker to this
session, and I want to put our best face forward.

I would like to do the release this weekend if Charlie has time
(Charlie?). So please get your bugfixes and cleanups in over the next
couple of days, and let me know if there are any other critical
show-stopper problems or critical bugs that should hold up the
release.

And if you have any extra time to spend taking out a few bugs on the
tracker over the next couple of days, that would be great.

JDH

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Great -- everyone please hold off adding any significant features
before the release and focus any mpl time you have on outstanding
bugs.

···

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Charlie Moad <cwmoad@...149...> wrote:

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

Is there any need for a maintenance release?

···

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM, John Hunter <jdh2358@...149...> wrote:

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Charlie Moad <cwmoad@...149...> wrote:

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

Great -- everyone please hold off adding any significant features
before the release and focus any mpl time you have on outstanding
bugs.

I am not at my computer so I can't check the maintenace branch changelog, but I know there have been a few bugfixes. Do any of them look significant? How many downloads have we seen on the maintenance branch vs the 98 trunk. My guess is there are not that many users and we could skip a cycle on the branch.

···

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On Dec 7, 2008, at 2:46 PM, "Charlie Moad" <cwmoad@...149...> wrote:

Is there any need for a maintenance release?

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM, John Hunter <jdh2358@...149...> wrote:

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Charlie Moad <cwmoad@...149...> >> wrote:

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

Great -- everyone please hold off adding any significant features
before the release and focus any mpl time you have on outstanding
bugs.

I've been working on a number of docstring fixes, and several other
changes and last-minute bug fixes have been coming in. I think we
need to give these a day to settle, so let's hold off until tomorrow
before trying to push out the release, so we can do further testing/

Thanks,
JDH

···

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Charlie Moad <cwmoad@...149...> wrote:

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

As far as I am concerned, the current head is tested and ready to go.
I am at svn r6535 so Charlie, go with that revision number when you do
the release, unless you hear otherwise here. If someone has any other
fixes that need to go in before he does the release, we will need to
do a new round of testing.

JDH

···

On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM, John Hunter <jdh2358@...149...> wrote:

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Charlie Moad <cwmoad@...149...> wrote:

Works for me. Let's aim for Saturday night so we have Sunday to test
it out. Doable?

I've been working on a number of docstring fixes, and several other
changes and last-minute bug fixes have been coming in. I think we
need to give these a day to settle, so let's hold off until tomorrow
before trying to push out the release, so we can do further testing/