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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Re: No vote on the beta
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:09:54 GMT
Dyre.Tjeldvoll@Sun.COM wrote:
> The discussion has shown that
> - only formal releases (beta or not) can be exposed to users
Only formal releases can be promoted on the project website, which is 
the first place that users look for downloads.

Unless I'm mistaken (anybody feel free to correct me), the goal is to 
protect users from naively using (and putting into production) a product 
that has not been approved by the PMC.

I see no problem with inviting users to participate in the testing of a 
release candidate. Perhaps a good way to handle this might be a post to 
derby-user saying "Derby developers are testing a release candidate for 
10.4 and we invite you to participate. If you're interested, more 
information is available on derby-dev, see <url to derby-dev post>. 
Please join us there."

That invites users to consciously test a release candidate, and pulls 
them into the derby-dev side.

does anyone see any problems with this approach?

> - releases can only be made formal through a vote
> - a vote requires a minimum of 7 days to complete
> The current plan is to spin a non-beta release candidate on 2008-04-04
> (next Friday) which is only 7 days away, so it does not make much sense to
> call for a vote on the beta now. 
> I plan to keep the beta unofficial with the the disclaimer on the Wiki.

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