[Scribus] next stabilized version (was:Re: Version 1.3.4 for Windows XP)

Craig Bradney cbradney
Mon Jun 4 20:46:56 CEST 2007

On Monday 04 June 2007 18:36:53 Helge Hielscher wrote:
> On Mon, 04 Jun 2007 08:54:13 +0200, Craig Bradney wrote:
> > 1.3.5 will not be generally more stable than 1.3.4. 1.3.5 is our move to
> > Qt4 and within that timeframe we are fixing some issues found in 1.3.4.
> > 1.3.5 is a massive rewrite of a LOT of code to work with Qt4. Even though
> > most of the things are working in 1.3.5svn, there are a lot that are
> > simply broken due to the conversion and this will take time to work
> > through.
> >
> > 1.3.3.x will remain the stable version for awhile yet and we would
> > suggest remaining with that. Technically, the next stable version is
> > 1.4.0 (so yes, another few development releases to go), but we will have
> > to see if we again break the mold and stabilise another odd numbered
> > release, at this point, I doubt it but we will see how 1.3.6 goes.
> >
> >> For me and I suspect others, the bleeds are one of the functions [..]
> Does that mean that there will be no stabilized version with bleed support
> in the near future?
> I believe the scribus community is quite patient. Remember the feature
> freeze for 1.3.4 was 2006-11-14. With the big announcement of 1.3.4
> 2007-05-29 you made lots of mouths water even more.
> I was hoping that there would (have) be(en) a version with the
> major bugs fixed. A version that one could finally recommend to others.
> If you are telling us to wait for 1.4 (or even 1.3.6), how long is
> that going to take if 1.3.4 took a year?
> What can the community do to help?

This remains the same for any OSS project throughout its development cycles:
Write code (perhaps even join the team of coders?)
Make sample docs for testing with
Write documentation

1.3.5 will not be a year
1.3.6 will not be a year

1.3.4 was too long and we could probably have released a few versions in that 
time frame, however somethings were started together instead of separately 
and things took a little too long. The text rewrite was a major major change 
and brought major advances, not the least of which is the underlying code 
which will now extend much better than before.

We would hope to keep major releases to 2-4 months, and will endeavour to do 
so in the future.

Also, just because its OSS, does not mean it takes less time to write than 
commercial software. How long between InDesign 1.0 and 1.5 and 2.0 and 3.0..? 
Then consider the money poured into such a project and the numbers of 
developers involved. So, you could add to the above list.. "donate money" if 
you are so inclined, although dont take that as a request please, just a 

We do what we can in the time we have... with the best intentions and goals in 


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