[Squeakfoundation]re: release management (was "WeakMessageSends/Events for 3.4")

Daniel Vainsencher squeakfoundation@lists.squeakfoundation.org
Tue, 10 Dec 2002 13:18:14 +0300

Yes, we're missing this information from the Swiki.

I added this and more in
http://swiki.squeakfoundation.org/squeakfoundation/89, linked off of 79
(release plan).

Feel free to add, correct, delete out right... ;-)


Craig Latta <craig.latta@netjam.org> wrote:
> Hi Rob--
> > So when is 3.4 final scheduled for release? How about today?
> > Just do it and if there are bugs, then patch it in the update stream.
> > You are right that we can always play in 3.5.
> 	I recommend against that approach. Remember that "final" releases are,
> currently, what newcomers are most likely to use first. I think each
> final release should be at least as stable as the previous one. We
> should come as close as is practical to "all scheduled features
> implemented, with no known bugs".
> 	In the beta stage ("all scheduled features implemented, but there are
> bugs"), we should only consider bugfixes. Given that we have a strong
> interest in getting to a final release quickly, we should only consider
> fixes to *critical* bugs (e.g., those which make the system unusable for
> a newcomer). We shouldn't rely on patching the final release, because,
> among other things, it annoys newcomers. It dilutes the meaning of
> "final" and is bad PR. :)  I think patching a final release should be
> extremely rare, done only to fix the most egregious problems (e.g., the
> system won't start), and done completely seamlessly. Hopefully, the
> gamma stage ("this will be the final release if no bugs are reported by
> a deadline") catches anything that severe.
> -C
> p.s. I am, of course, rehashing
> http://netjam.org/smalltalk/versions.html. :)
> --
> Craig Latta
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