Wine To Switch To Yearly, Time-Based Releases
Right now the Wine stable releases are feature-driven rather than committing to shipping on time-based schedules. For example, it was one year from Wine 1.4 to Wine 1.6 while going from Wine 1.2 to Wine 1.4 it was two years. In going from Wine 1.6 to the yet-to-be-released Wine 1.8, it's now over two years. As written about previously, Wine 1.7 Series Turn Two Years Old, No Sign Of Wine 1.8.
Moving forward, Wine developers have agreed to just do a new release every year around this time -- fall/autumn -- regardless of new features. The bi-weekly Wine development releases will continue.
The planned code freeze will be mid/end September each year, and that also means the Wine 1.8 code-freeze is starting quite soon. More details via this WWN message.