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From a...@foogod.com
Subject Re: [VOTE] Location of aaa rewrite
Date Thu, 05 Sep 2002 09:21:34 GMT
On Tue, Sep 03, 2002 at 06:59:38PM -0400, rbb@apache.org wrote:
> > > Can I ask a stupid question?  What have we actually broken since Apache
> > > 2.0 went GA?  Binary compatibility?  How many functions?  How many of
> > > those were APR and not Apache?
> > 
> > Sure, both source and binary compatibility were broken numerous times.
> > Check the PHP bug database for umpteen reports on each breakage.
> 
> Okay, but how is that different from early releases of 1.3?

I would like to make a small point here that just because the same things are
happening as happened before doesn't necessarily mean they're good things to
happen (either now or then).

I've heard people imply a few times now that since breaking things happened in
the early releases of 1.3, it's ok to do it in 2.0 too.  It seems to me this is
more an argument that the process for 1.3 was probably not what it should have
been, and we should try to do better in 2.x.

Also, while I agree that 2.0 can be classified still as "early adopter" stage,
I would like to point out that one of the biggest factors in determining
exactly how much _longer_ it stays in the early-adopter stage is going to be
how developmentally stable it's perceived to be by the rest of the world.
Every time we break compatibility, we are likely pushing general adoption
further into the future.

(I'm not intending to address the aaa vote with these comments, BTW, as I'm not
quite up enough on the issues to voice an opinion on that specific question.
I'm just talking about general principles that I think people should keep in
mind.)

-alex

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