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From "Bill Stoddard" <>
Subject Re: 2.0.24 ready for beta?
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2001 01:01:36 GMT

> On Thu, Aug 23, 2001 at 02:53:03PM -0400, Greg Ames wrote:
> >...
> > However, the bugs are getting more subtle and take longer to debug and
> > fix.  With our current process, a great deal of new code can be
> > committed while the gnarly problem in last tarball is being debugged.
> > Why would we think that the new code is any less likely to contain
> > serious bugs than the previous set of changes?  How do we get off this
> > treadmill?
> We got "off the treadmill" by stopping this silly business of holding up
> tarballs.
> Snap a tarball. Give it a once over. Release it as an alpha. Bam. Done.
> Come back a week later and upgrade it to a beta. Not so hard.
> We are right back where we were last year: releases take forever. We have
> completely lost the "snap. release." routine. Releases of *any* quality
> can be happening every couple weeks or even faster. But since everybody is
> "oh no, it *MUST* be a beta" we're waiting forever. It's silly.

Then we should make binaries available for alphas.  I don't give a flying *** whether we
label a release alpha or beta. If it is decent, we need to make binaries available.


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