by Kaj Kandler has lately been on a fairly short release cycle of 3 month. Martin Michlmayr, researcher on the topic of open source development, points out in his journal, that this has not always been this way.

Originally, when Sun made StarOffice open source under the new name, it planned for a release cycle of 18 month. The cycle was so long, because it needed to incorporate all changes into StarOffice as well. However, this did not atisfy teh users who had to wait long time for new features and it did not satisfy the developers, who saw the fruits of their work only after years.

After the 2.0 release was delayed by nine month, the OpenOffice community adopted an agile approach of fixed release dates and variable feature sets. The release ar now pegged at every three month. See Martin’s journal entry for details.

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