What's the right way to find out about new current QGIS version releases?

I'm on Win64 and use OSGeo4W. The roadmap gives dates for new releases, confirmed by the main web site header which lists time until next freeze.

However, while the time until next freeze shifted over on schedule on 22 March, the text still says current version is 3.6.0 (3.4.5 LTR). I tried over the weekend, and at the time the OSGeo4W installer still said latest was 3.6.0-1. I reran the installer this morning, and it had silently shifted over to 3.6.1, which I've now installed. I've since found that the release of 3.6.1 is also listed in the GitHub commits list. However, the main website still lists 3.6.0.

All of this makes me think I'm painstakingly sleuthing in back alleyways while notification of release is probably blazing in neon lights if I merely looked in the right place. But what is that right place?

I'm perhaps overeager, but I wasted a day a month ago doing a careful workaround for something that had just been fixed in 3.6.0, I just didn't know it was out since the main website took a while past release date to update and I wasn't really paying attention. And I have a pesky intermittent crash I'm perhaps overoptimistically thinking will miraculously disappear in a new release.

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    I tend to have the Check QGIS version at startup option enabled in Settings which does this automatically.
    – Joseph
    Mar 25, 2019 at 10:48
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    Coming back with an interim update: Watching releases on GitHub looks as if it will trigger on 3.x releases but not 3.x.x; will accept that answer if it works for 3.8. "Check QGIS version at startup" does not seem to work reliably for me, though doing a manual "Check QGIS version" from the Help menu works a few days after release. Maybe I just need to be less impatient...
    – Houska
    Apr 23, 2019 at 15:20

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Not sure if I got you right.

Since you mentioned the Github repository, did you try to Watch > Releases Only on https://github.com/qgis/QGIS?

Check your settings at https://github.com/settings/notifications to direct notifications to email or web channel.

  • Thanks, klaus. I'm not actually currently a developer (of anything), so I'm not (currently) signed up as a member of GitHub. But yes, that's something I can do if indeed github is the right place to be looking rather than somewhere else.
    – Houska
    Mar 25, 2019 at 14:27
  • Thanks for this suggestion (3 mos ago); unfortunately doesn't work the way it should. Didn't trigger on the April or May releases, nor on last week's genuine point release (3.8). Oh well, I just check manually.
    – Houska
    Jun 24, 2019 at 16:14
  • This has now worked for the last 3 releases, so I assume the devs now trigger something in github which creates the notification. Therefore marking as accepted.
    – Houska
    Jul 8, 2021 at 9:53

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