Proposed X.org development cycle changes
The developers behind X.org, the foundation of nearly all graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for Linux, want to change their current development model. Contrary to the initial plans, recent X.org releases have been rather irregular and unpredictable. Consequently, X.org developer Peter Hutterer has proposed the introduction of a six month development cycle.
The proposal, which has already found support among several X.org developers, includes three timed stages over a period of six months, similar to that of Linux kernel development. The first stage, the "merge window", will open following a previous release and will integrate new code and features. This will be followed by a bug fix phase, focusing on any problems and general fixes, and the proposed cycle would conclude with a release freeze, where only critical patches would be included. The developers want to implement the new model for the upcoming 1.8 release.