the Robot Construction Kit
Rock does not have fixed-point release.
Rock is maintained on a rolling-release basis. Each package provides three branches or ‘flavors’
More specifically, the whole process works on the basis of the following cycle:
This strategy will be the main release mechanism for Rock. There will be some exceptions, when some in-depth changes require to change a lot of packages at the same time.
In this case, the changes will be made on a separate branch (‘topic branch’), and tested. Once they are deemed of a good-enough quality, they will be first publicized to rock-dev and then merged into master (and, later on, to next and finally to stable).
Since they are pervasive changes, it is important for us that people can prepare themselves by branching or by avoiding updates for a while, i.e. that they can’t break existing systems unknowingly.