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Release plan

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New FlightGear releases are scheduled twice a year. The magic number to remember is 17 (we tried 42, but that didn't turn out so well. 17 is perfect: 1 is not a prime, 7 is a prime and so is 17). On the 17th of January (1) and July (7) a new release branch is created for [[SimGear]], FlightGear and FGDATA.
{{cquote|As a clarification: We do not enter a code freeze but a feature freeze. Code changes are welcome after December 17th as long as it is guaranteed (not just "unlikely") that they do not introduce any side effects and become a release blocker. It is the sole responsibility of the commiter to decide if that is the case or not. Every new feature that didn't make it into the respository by the deadline may probably easily wait for another four weeks to get commited. Remember: most aircraft are not affected by the feature freeze and aircraft developers quickly adopt and use new features as they become available<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.mail-archive.com/flightgear-devel@lists.sourceforge.net/msg38749.html|title=<nowiki>[Flightgear-devel] Next FlightGear release (Feb. 17 2013)</nowiki>|author=Torsten Dreyer|date=Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:24:58 -0800}}</ref>|Torsten Dreyer}} 
After branching, there is one month for bug fixing in the release branch, so building and packing of the binaries and FGDATA takes place around February, 18th and August, 18th. Allowing a few days for distribution of the files, new versions should be publically available around the 20th of February and August.
* '''Minor''' (2.<u>4</u>.1): has two applications:
** '''Stable releases''' always have ''even numbers'', i.e. 2.6.0, 2.8.0, 3.0.0.
** The '''development stream''' (''latest Git version'') uses an ''odd number'', increasing the minor number of the latest stable release's version by one. I.e., when the latest release is was 2.8.0, the current development stream is 2.9.0.
* '''Revision''' (2.4.<u>1</u>): is increased by bugfix releases, i.e. 2.8.1, 2.8.2, 2.8.3.

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