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From Adam Fuchs <afu...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Which is stable?
Date Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:07:10 GMT
With the "stable" tag, I think there is a perception that we might do
experimental or dev releases like many other open source projects do. Since
we don't do that, maybe we should drop the tags to reduce our web page
maintenance and avoid confusion. I think latest is always stable for us
unless specifically marked as beta or release candidate. I do like marking
things as "legacy", though, so we can communicate our intention to support
(or not) older releases.

Adam



On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM, Christopher <ctubbsii@apache.org> wrote:

> 1.4.5 is marked as "(STABLE)" on the Downloads page. I think there's
> maybe a few issues with this.
>
> 1. "STABLE" vs. "LATEST", seems to imply "use 1.4.5, as 1.5.1 is
> risky". I'm not sure that's the implication we want to be making, as
> it will discourage users from using 1.5.x when it's the latest
> supported version.
>
> 2. Version 1.4.5 has the potential to be less stable than 1.4.4
> because of drastic changes to support Hadoop 2. It may be more stable
> than 1.4.5... but even that might depend on your definition of
> "stable". If, by "stable", we mean the feature set is stable, it's
> certainly not true. 1.4.5 added a big feature on top of 1.4.4: support
> for Hadoop 2.
>
> I think we should update the page to either:
>
> a. drop "stable" and "latest" tags from the sections, or
> b. mark 1.5.1 as "latest, stable", 1.4.5 as "legacy" or "previous
> supported release".
>
> In either case, a or b, I think we should archive the 1.3.6 section,
> and replace it with a section that points to the download archives.
>
> --
> Christopher L Tubbs II
> http://gravatar.com/ctubbsii
>

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