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RE: Testing test releases: do not update



On Fri, 27 Feb 2004, Wayne Frazee wrote:

>>also, i still think there's a conflict with rawhide being
>simultaneously:
>>
>>1) the proposed next release, and
>>2) the source of really cool, new, bleeding edge stuff
>>
>>it's not clear that these two categories represent the same thing.  are
>
>>they supposed to?
>
>Absolutely.  Ok, rawhide is what is called a "development snapshot".
>These are new things which are being worked with for the next version,
>released to those who are interested in it specifically for feedback on
>the enhancements.  
>
>A good way to look at it is like this.  Development of a Fedora release
>may look something like this:
>
>^^^^^^^^^^^^/\^^^^^^^^^^/\^^^^^^^^^^^^/\
>
>Each  ^ is a rawhide release.  Each /\ is a test release.  You see, they
>are all the same product, the thing is that each rawhide release is a
>fix or a change, released to interested persons RIGHT THEN.  This is
>most often nearly untested code.  
>
>Its all part of the process to the same product, not a separate product
>or any such thing.  Rawhide is just a way for you to get the VERY latest
>in what the developers are working with for the next release version.
>
>Are you using your machine regularly?  Do you not want to deal with
>system instability or drivers not loading?  Are you NOT looking
>specifically to help with development and testing?  If any of these are
>true, you don't want a rawhide release, they aren't for you.  Rawhide is
>specifically to grab the latest changes, buggy or not, for feedback and
>testing purposes.
>
>Same process, rawhide is just individual "bump" updates on the way to
>"milestones".

That is a very nice way of describing rawhide.  You've hit the 
nail square on the head.  ;o)


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Mike A. Harris     ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris
OS Systems Engineer - XFree86 maintainer - Red Hat




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