Creating a PELUX release

Tasks needed to prepare PELUX for release

  1. Choose version number.
  2. Decide what Yocto release to follow.
  3. Decide what Qt version to support.
  4. Prepare the manifest and layers.
  5. Prepare the Software Factory Baseline.
  6. Prepare the release notes.
  7. Announce the release.
  8. Post-release retrospective.

How-to perform the tasks

In many of the tasks below, one is required to create both a branch and a tag. The rationale for this is that minor changes made after a release should go into the same branch, but will get a new tag with an updated minor version number.

Before touching any files

  • Choose version number. If this is a regular release, it should be X.0 where X is the major version from the latest release incremented by one. If this is a minor release (bugfixes, typos etc), it will be X.Y, where X is the major version from the latest release, and Y is the minor version number from latest release incremented by one.
  • Decide on what Yocto release to follow. If this is a major release then this is usually the latest Yocto release. If this is minor release, then this was already decided when the major release was done, and you should not change it. It can be completely valid to support several Yocto releases. The format for the tags should then be <tagname>/<branch>, since tags are unique in the repository
  • Decide on what Qt version to support. The Qt project does not follow the same release cadence as the Yocto project does. This will typically be the latest Qt version on a major release, and the same as for the major release in a minor release.

Prepare the manifest

  • Prepare the layers

    • Create a branch in each layer we maintain matching the Yocto release that this PELUX release is targeting. This probably already exists, in which case make sure that the branch is up-to-date. For most cases, since we usually target the latest release, this means pushing master to the release branch.
    • Create a tag in the branch pointing to the latest commit in the branch.
  • Create a release branch in pelux-manifests.

  • Point to specific layer revisions in pelux.xml and push the manifest to the release branch.

    • Don't point to tags here, since tags are moving targets. We create tags in our own layers for convenience, and to make maintenance easier, but don't point to them here.
    • Make sure the commits pointed to are on the branches matching the Yocto release we're targeting, and that they match what the tags point to.
    • For the Qt layers, point to revisions for the Qt release targeted in this PELUX Baseline release.
  • Make sure the manifest builds properly in the CI system for all variants without any unexpected warnings and with no errors.

  • Make sure each variant works on target as intended.

  • Make sure the SDK builds properly for all variants and that it works for cross-compilation.

  • Create a tag in the release branch in pelux-manifests.

Prepare the SDE

  • Make sure the SDE can be used with the latest build of the platform SDK for all variants available
  • Create a release branch
  • Create a tag in the release branch

Prepare the Software Factory Baseline

  • Sync the Baseline with the Blueprint.
  • Make sure the docs are built properly by the CI system without warnings.
  • Proofread the generated docs.
  • Create a release branch, and push the latest docs to it.
  • Make sure the PELUX version is set in CMakeLists.txt.
  • Create a tag in the release branch.
  • Make sure the CI system builds and deploys the release version of the docs to pelux.io/software-factory/<VERSION>/.

Prepare the release notes

  • Write down all the information from the steps done before touching any files into the release notes.
  • Point out the branch, tag and commit for the manifest used in the release.
  • Point out the branch, tag and commit for the SDE used in the release.
  • Point out the branch, tag and commit for the PELUX Software Factory Baseline used in the release.
  • Mention that the release notes themselves are part of the release.

Announce the release

  • Update the downloads page on pelux.io. Put the release notes there.
  • Write a blog post on pelux.io announcing the release.
  • Post about the release to other relevant channels (mailing lists, social media etc).

After releasing

  • It is an important part of the process to improve the process. Make sure this is done, and that any changes made are being documented.
  • Increment any major version numbers on the master branches of the components that are part of the release, so that it becomes clear that future development belongs to the next release.