Component/s: Process Doc
>> Maintenance releases concept should be deprecated. Instead, a new version of Java EE should be released semi-yearly, and all new final releases or maintenance releases should be included in the new umbrella EE specification. Vendors are free to certify against as many or as few semi-yearly releases as they choose. -Lincoln
This would resolve the issues with specification communication, brittleness, and also empower change, while still ensuring stability of the platform through versioning. It is up to the vendor how much they want to keep up with versions or not.
This would be much more in line with the nature of software development, instead of the current ... I'm just going to say, "sluggish," process we have now.