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From "Jack Krupansky" <>
Subject Re: VOTE: Lucene/Solr 4.0-ALPHA
Date Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:22:25 GMT
Is the intent that there be only one alpha and one beta, or could there be a 
series of either if bugs and improvements are significant enough?

I reviewed the Solr 4.0 wiki, which sounds as if the intent is for a single 
alpha and a single beta, but I am wondering if that makes sense given the 
current flow of changes and the desire to incorporate feedback as quickly as 

So, I would suggest that there be a series of alpha releases (and betas) as 
significant bug fixes and improvements accumulate. Maybe every week or two 
if the changes are significant enough, until such time as the change flow is 
low enough and the quality perception is high enough to advance to beta (and 

Otherwise, if there can be only one alpha, maybe the bar needs to be set 
higher for it because once it goes alpha, users will see no new release 
until beta.

I would argue in favor of an earlier alpha with a somewhat lower bar, and 
then have additional alpha releases as enough significant changes occur that 
we would want to get user feedback on and users would want to get access. 
Feedback and access would be the criteria for a new alpha. And index changes 
for sure.

The real bottom line is that the current level of change flow seems to argue 
against the current build being considered a "final alpha", although it 
could reasonably be considered a "preliminary alpha".

I would also suggest the caveat that the primary difference between alpha 
and beta is that re-indexing is more likely and should be assumed for an 
alpha but not for beta (keep current beta language.) In other words, users 
can feel comfortable "evaluating" an alpha, but not consider an alpha for 
"production" unless they understand that they will have the burden for the 
possible need for re-indexing to move up from that alpha.

I would also like to see a (relatively short) list of open Jira issues that 
people feel really should get fixed before: 1) alpha, 2) beta, and 3) final 
4.0 release.

Other than all of that, 4.0 is looking great!

-- Jack Krupansky

-----Original Message----- 
From: Robert Muir
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 10:54 PM
Subject: VOTE: Lucene/Solr 4.0-ALPHA

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