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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Re: Snapshots for testing (was: fix versions, etc.)
Date Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:36:06 GMT
Rick Hillegas wrote:
> Andrew McIntyre wrote: 
>> The counterargument posted in one of the release policy threads
>> mentioned earlier was that if you really want to get the user
>> community involved in an alpha or beta test, mark the release
>> artifacts as such, put it to a proper vote, and if the vote passes,
>> put it on the mirrors and announce it as a beta release and call for

I've noticed this is what torque does.

Main point is it has gone through the process to make it a formal (beta)

>> testing. The quality threshold for a beta release is essentially none,
>> so a vote to have a beta release will almost necessarily pass, unless
>> there are legal issues that come up. Having the vote in the archives

right, legal has to be covered.

>> shows due diligence to the release process, which is important for any
>> artifacts that are distributed outside of the development community.
>> andrew
> I think this is a promising idea. It would be great if we could get
> early alpha-feedback on 10.4 long before we plunge into the release
> proper. The process you describe, however, is awkward for a trunk
> snapshot: The snapshooter has to wait a week for a vote to end before
> posting the snapshot. On a volatile codebase like trunk, a snapshot's
> value degrades rapidly in just a week.

maybe look at the torque archives to see how they specifically have
handled it -- or even ask on torque-dev@db.apache.org.


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