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From David Van Couvering <David.Vancouver...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Checking out of the list for a while and parting thoughts on 10.2
Date Thu, 17 Aug 2006 19:22:50 GMT
Have a great vacation, Kathey.  We'll miss your vigilance and focus on 
quality.  If as a community we can fulfill your role even a little bit 
while you're gone, it will be a big achievement :)


Kathey Marsden wrote:
> I'll be off the list for the next several weeks.    I hope everyone will 
> keep watching out for regressions and  issues with user impact and 
> really pound on 10.2. Please encourage users and projects you know of  
> where you work to do the same.   Pick up buddy testing, try tutorials, 
> do doc reviews, anything we can do to cram more testing into this 
> exremely short testing period is good. Derbyall on a dozens of platforms 
> is great, but is not what is going to flush out 10.2 issues.   We need 
> to partner with our users to flush out issues and take angles not 
> covered in derbyall.
> I thought that Andrew's ideas to notify other projects were great as 
> blog references etc. It would be great to send notification of the beta 
>  to all the  projects/products listed at: 
> http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/UsesOfDerby if that is not considered as 
> too much spam.  Most important (I think)  is to get the beta available 
> for download from the website so folks can point to it.  If it can't go 
> on the downloads page, perhaps at least it could be linked from news or 
> something.    I hope that someone will take on these marketing tasks as 
> I think they will make a huge difference to 10.2. 
> If current schedules hold, I  won't be here for the vote  but I do think 
> it is great that for releases we go by majority vote  so nobody feels 
> inhibited to vote  their conscience.  I hope everyone's vote is a 
> reflection of their personal confidence in 10.2 as thoroughly tested,  
> production level release that provides seamless upgrade from previous 
> releases.  I am not sure that I could make that mental  jump personally 
> unless we saw a huge spike in positive user feedback, but am lucky not 
> to have to think about it too much.  I'll be making major decisions like 
> picking out a beach chair #:)
> See y'all later.
> Kathey

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