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To: Nirbheek Chauhan <nirbheek@g.o>
From: Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Subject: Re: RFC: Gentoo News file about GNOME 3.2's unmasking
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 07:26:12 -0500
On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 2:13 AM, Nirbheek Chauhan <nirbheek@g.o> wrote:
> Since GNOME 3 is already in the
> tree, and the news file content is straightforward, I'd like to commit
> this in 24hrs if there are no problems.

If we're gong to go to all the trouble to create upgrade guides and
news/etc, wouldn't it make sense to send out the news item a few days
BEFORE making the change?

If a user runs emerge -u world daily they wouldn't even see this news item.

Obviously the horses have already left the barn, but maybe this is
something we can do differently when it comes time to stabilize the
change?

I'm sure this was inadvertent, but looking beyond just this particular
incident is there anything we can do to improve our use of news items?
 Since we're a distro that uses rolling releases users really have no
way to know what to expect after any particular emerge world.  It
could be some completely routine bump that isn't going to cause
problems, or it could require extensive rebuilding, config-file
tweaking, and risk of the system not booting.  News is really the only
way to give them a heads-up in advance.  Granted, something like a
gnome/kde bump is going to pull in so many packages that I think most
users would exercise caution, so that mitigates the issue a bit.

Rich


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