[Scribus] Too many versions at once?

avox avox
Mon Dec 31 07:28:24 CET 2007

Matt Gushee-2 wrote:
> The other day I noticed someone's inquiry about Scribus ... I 
> hadn't been aware of it before. So now we have at least *four* 'latest' 
> versions of Scribus running around:,, 1.3.4, and 1.3.5.
> Is this one reason so much time elapses between releases? To me it seems 
> really counter-productive to have so many versions available. It's too 
> much work for the developers, and confusing for users. True, it is 
> clearly stated at scribus.net that is the latest stable release. 
> But it is also clear that it is a bit old (compared to other open source 
> projects that are young, actively maintained, and have multiple 
> developers). People want something new, and when they join the mailing 
> lists they see that there are newer versions available, so they install 
> them and run into trouble, thus more work for everyone ...
> My suggestion would be:
> 1) Eliminate 1.3.4. Just pull the download packages, and post a message
>     saying that 1.3.4 is no longer developed or supported.
> 2) Get ready for release, and make it the new stable version as
>     soon as possible.
> 3) Concentrate further efforts on 1.3.5.
> Maybe there are issues that I am unaware of, but who has time to work on 
> four different versions of Scribus?

We don't. 
1.3.3.x is our current stable branch. We collect important bugs, fix them
once in a while release a new version. So is frozen and bug fixing
happens in We will release these days, then
will be
frozen and we continue bug fixing in is overdue, that's why people have been using

1.3.4 was the last development release. It can be downloaded by the
and curious, but no development happens there. All current development
in 1.3.5svn. Some people already use that version since it has improvements
over 1.3.4 (especially on Mac). We hope to release 1.3.5 in the next three
then development will continue in 1.3.6svn.

The reason for the long release cycles recently are that we did some major
changes in 1.3.4 (text & styles) and again in 1.3.5 (move to Qt4). We intend
to have
shorter release cycles in the future.

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