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From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-08-02 07:52:49

Michael Goldshteyn writes:
> I am going to once again raise the issue of putting the releases into Beta,
> prior to making a final (6-9 month) release.

There is always a beta period before the draft tarballs get released,
the question is, how long should it be and what kind of fixes are
acceptable during that period and what are not.

FWIW (and IIRC), in 1.32 it took us three iterations and about a week
to sort out the final glitches.

> Perhaps we need a policy of the
> release being in a final Beta built form for some period, say 2-4 weeks,
> prior to the final release. I think this will allow people who wait for a
> packaged version to experiment with any newly added features, fixes, etc...
> and report issues that can be resolved in the final release, but were not
> made visible by the regression tests.

That's a sound idea (to prolong a beta period, that is), but the
details need to be proposed and decided upon -- in particular, some
formal criteria for starting beta stage and bug fixes during it need
to be formulated and clearly spelled out. Otherwise people will wait
until the beta tarballs are available to start testing on their
platforms and submit bugs/patches only to find the release manager
reject them.

Aleksey Gurtovoy
MetaCommunications Engineering

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