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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: [RELEASE] Dictionary extensions
Date Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:49:50 GMT
Rob Weir wrote:
> Let's make sure we agree on what a Release Candidate is.  A RC is a
> build we (and the IPMC) vote on.  If the vote passes then we release.
> There are no vetoes in this vote.

We agree on this.

> The RC is not the time to start looking for new bugs, or to raise
> already known bugs.

Then we have a different understanding of what the target public of a RC 
is, and this is likely due to a difference in processes.

Historically, produced a numbered Release Candidate 
( 3.3 had ten, RC1 to RC10) that was made available to the 
community exactly for the purpose of looking for unknown bugs. QA 
activities were planned for the RC phase and, after a few days of 
availability, a RC was approved as final or rejected (and the Release 
Manager could, and at times did, include fixes for previously known bugs 
that had been accumulating and that were significant; none of them was a 
blocker in itself, but each of them would have caused problems to users, 
so their combined effect was blocking the release).

Now, if I get it correctly, the target public is just people who have to 
vote on a release and not the community at large, so QA tests are 
expected to be run on an earlier version, or anyway it is not expected 
that the RC phase will be the peak of QA activities. Right? (In other 
words: the first RC in earlier times had a ~80% chance of being 
rejected; here the first RC would have high chances to be approved).

> If you are aware of a bug that must be fixed
> before we release, then you should have already entered it as a
> release-blocking issue.  You should not wait for the RC build.

Everything that is confirmed, P2, a bug, and different from 3.3 should either be a blocker or deserve a line in the 
Release Notes. Do we agree on this, or any reasonable tweaking of it?
The icon problem 
falls in this case, so I just commented on the relevant thread.

> So if you think that
> is a
> release-blocking issue, then you need to make your case on that now.

I won't. The effect, as far as the Italian dictionary is concerned, is 
not so big. But then we might discover that, due to that bug, we are 
bundling different versions of the Presentation Minimizer, or any other 
bundled extension, across different operating systems, and the bug might 
need to be re-evaluated.


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