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Re: alpha/beta software in Fedora 8?



On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 09:36:17AM -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> Adam Tkac wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 07:57:18AM -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>>> Adam Tkac wrote:
>>>> I've put this software to F8 because it has nice new features. Some
>>>> bugs is tax for them.
>>>> 9.5 will come into beta stage very soon.
>>> These two are quite valid reasons that you as maintainer are the person 
>>> best qualified to make a decision about.  Thank you for providing them!
>>>
>>>> I don't think that users use newest
>>>> Fedora on important servers
>>> This one, however, is not a reason to use in making these decisions. 
>>> People may want to use the newest Fedora on their important servers and 
>>> if so, we want them to be able to.  This is something we should strive 
>>> for consciously even if subconsciously we decide to let another feature 
>>> slip in ;-)
>>
>> Generally you have to choose between stability and features. And I've
>> chosen features in this case...
>>
> Excellent.  As stated before, you, the maintainer are best qualified to 
> judge how stable this release is and whether the perception of it being an 
> "alpha release" or the new features it brings are more important. Your 
> testing of the new version and not getting any significant bug reports 
> before F8 release are valid reasons to believe the package is stable enough 
> for Fedora.
>
> I just want to stress that we're working hard to keep people from thinking 
> of Fedora as "a beta release of RHEL".  As part of that "I don't think that 
> users use newest Fedora on important servers" is *not* a reason we want to 
> promote for making decisions on whether a particular upstream version is 
> stable enough to go into a Fedora release.

Definitely. I've never said Fedora is testing ground for RHEL. I want
point that Fedora has new features and new features mean bugs so you
cannot expect such stability like RHEL. And I also believe all
maintainers put new releases into Fedora because they have good reasons
(not only because "release exists" :) )

Adam

>
> Thank you for understanding the subtle distinction here,
> -Toshio
>
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