[squeak-dev] Producing alpha images (was: Re: Waiting for 3.11
andreas.raab at gmx.de
Wed Dec 10 04:21:33 UTC 2008
Hi Keith -
Keith Hodges wrote:
> Edgar has delivered image after image, but does that help anyone in the
> long run really. It doesn't help me. I have production code and I don't
> have time to spend a month moving it form one image to another manually,
> without any tools to help, broken MC, broken Universes etc. It doesnt
> help us move forward in the future to something like Morphic 3.0, or COG
> for which atomic loading is likely to be essential.
There is only one way to answer your question: YES!!! It *does* help to
produce alpha images.
What you have to distinguish here is the need of you personally and the
need of the community. For this community, an image is a form of
communication that it is familiar with. For this community, the
announcement of the availability of a new alpha/beta/gamma image is a
sign of life, is a documentation of the process that the release team
3.11 has lost *all* visibility to me. I didn't know whether it had even
started because there was nothing on the server, there were no
announcements on this list, so how would people know? I didn't know how
to check in on the progress because 3.11 used Installer scripts -
something that this community at this point in time is simply not
Once I found out what to run I spent about half an hour to load all the
code. At the end of the process Installer blew up on me. Again, having
an image would have addressed this problem.
So there is *lots* of good reasons to produce alpha images. Hey, and
given that Installer is automated this shouldn't be a big deal right?
And someone other than you should be able to do it too, right?
*Please* do realize the value of alpha images as a form of communication
in this community. If you post a fix for the .gz loading I will happily
produce an alpha image for people to play with.
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