Commit cf403003 authored by Ned Coltman's avatar Ned Coltman
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[readme] update with notes on backwards compatibility

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feature implementations open a [merge request](
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Backwards Compatibility
For a detailed description of the backwards compatibility policy,
please see [contribution guidelines](
Dumux Releases are split into major(e.g. 2.0, 3.0) and minor (e.g. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3) releases.
Major releases are not required to maintain backwards compatibility (see below),
but would provide a detailed guide on how to update dependent modules.
For each minor release, maintaining backwards compatibility is strongly encouraged and recommended.
Despite the goal of maintaining backwards compatibility across minor releases,
for more complicated changes, this is decided upon on a case to case basis, due to limited developer resources.
In the case that implementing full backwards compatibility for an update is not feasible, or would require unreasonable resources,
the degree of backwards compatibility be decided by a vote in one of the monthly core developer meetings.
Major version update, 2.12 to 3.0
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