New release / Nightlies stability

As a Slicer newbie, I wonder: When will the next version 4.7.0 be released?

The wiki’s roadmap was not updated since 2015, and the bug tracker’ roadmap says “Scheduled For Release 2017-01-15”. According to the rhythm of the last releases, November seems plausible.

But maybe all of this is irrelevant, because the Nightlies are stable enough for everyday use? I am fearing data loss and backwards incompatibility. What are the largest features and changes that I am missing when staying with 4.6.2? It seems there is no (preliminary) changelog in the source, and also no preliminary 4.7 version of the 4.6 highlights.

Currently a stable release is created once a year. We would like to increase the pace to once in every quarter, but for that we need to simplify our processes, which is currently we are working on.

Nightly versions are stable. Saved data should be always backward-compatible: you can always load a scene to a newer version of Slicer than created the scene. There may be regressions in the nightly that takes a few days to detect and fix (maybe once in every few months), but these regressions very rarely can result in data loss.

If the stable build is older than a few months, I would recommend to use a nightly build. If you download a nightly and have no problems with it, keep using that for a few months (until there are some fixes or improvements in the nightly builds that you need).

Thank you for your reply! I will follow your recommendation.

Ah, so I meant forward compatibility :blush:: Whether it is possible to go back to an older version (e.g. with keeping the database) in case of problems.

In case of problems, we’ll be happy to help you to make the latest one work for your use case :slight_smile:

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So the only reason for stable releases is that the ‘highlights’ page is updated :stuck_out_tongue: :wink: