If you want to update GWT every 6 month then just use any HEAD-SNAPSHOT build from a specific day and stay on it for 6 months. GWT does not upload HEAD-SNAPSHOT builds with failed tests so HEAD-SNAPSHOT builds are usually not less stable than a named version release.--
At work we stopped using named version releases long time ago and never had any issues. Actually we only had benefits from doing so because you get bugfixes a lot faster. Actually I am a strong believer that it would be the best for GWT to just do automated named version releases every quarter. Basically giving a HEAD-SNAPSHOT build a specific version for people who don't like SNAPSHOT dependencies or don't want to execute the GWT build themselves.
That being said, for now I think there is no specific time frame planed for a 2.8.3 release. But given there are no meeting minutes from the steering group since May 2017, I could be wrong.
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