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From Dain Sundstrom <>
Subject Re: [discuss] branch and tag policy (and stable/unstable mixed in :)
Date Tue, 20 Sep 2005 17:36:26 GMT
This is a great summary of my understanding of what "milestone"  
means, and I think is a reasonable definition of "release candidate".

I hope when we conclude this discussion we capture all of this  
information on our website (especially the definitions), so it  
doesn't repeat.


On Sep 20, 2005, at 9:46 AM, Alan D. Cabrera wrote:

> It has been my experience that milestone releases were snapshots of  
> software that was in the alpha stage.  The snapshots were taken at  
> meaningful times where the feature set was thought to be compelling  
> and self consistent for those who wanted to take an early peek.  It  
> is important to stress that this was *alpha* software and not  
> feature complete.  Milestone releases were not supported, i.e.  
> patches were *never* made.  Milestone snapshots were made off the  
> trunk.  Tags were made, but quickly removed after the next  
> milestone was hit, for the purposes of development in case of a  
> regression.  A modicum of testing was done on the milestone to make  
> sure that it at least started.
> Release candidates were snapshots of beta software.  The trunk is  
> branched and the release candidates were snapshots of this branch.   
> These snapshots were thought to be feature complete but it was  
> understood that a certain amount of QA effort needed to be made to  
> ensure a certain amount of quality.  During beta, all feature  
> additions were frozen.  Release candidate themselves were not  
> supported.  Tags were made, but quickly removed after the next  
> release candidate was released, for the purposes of development.
> Once it was agreed that the last RC was of an acceptable quality,  
> it was made into the official release tag.
> To recap, milestone and release candidates are both useful at  
> different times.  Milestones are alpha snapshots and are not  
> supported.  Release candidates are snapshots of beta software and  
> are not supported.  The last release candidate that is officially  
> released is what is supported.
> Regards,
> Alan

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