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From Stas Bekman <s...@stason.org>
Subject Re: Sheparding patches was Re: Volunteering to be RM
Date Sun, 25 May 2003 23:47:02 GMT
Jeff Trawick wrote:
> Stas Bekman wrote:
> 
>> Justin Erenkrantz wrote:
>>
>>> And, as Sander has pointed out, this isn't a regression from prior 
>>> releases. Therefore, we won't necessarily hold up a release for it.  -- 
>>
>>
>>
>> If something wasn't known to be buggy in prior releases and gets known 
>> as buggy later on, it can't be even considered to be a showstopper?
> 
> 
> Ordinarily, no.  The philosophy of those willing to do the work to 
> tag/test/roll/release as been that as long as it is expected to be 
> better than the previous release, with no apparent regressions, it is 
> ready to go.  An exception would be if there is something to indicate 
> that a significant number of users would suddenly begin to suffer the 
> problem.  Consider the chunked encoding vulnerability as an example of 
> this; it was obviously going to become an impact to many sites when the 
> vulnerability was disclosed, even though the problem had been around for 
> eons.
> 
> The bright side is that we don't have to wait months and months for 
> another GA release.  When a reasonable set of fixes becomes available, 
> the willingness to invest in the required effort to 
> tag/test/roll/release will follow.
> 
> If we aren't conservative about what is considered a showstopper, there 
> will be more time between releases and users will have to wait longer to 
> get relief for problems they are seeing.

Thanks for the explanation, Jeff.

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