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Re: Release Management for 1.6.x

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 13:13:34 -0400

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM, Jeremy Wilkins
<jeremy_at_ibexinternet.co.uk> wrote:

> Comments from a casual bystander
>
>> 1) We need to fix our process that leads up the RC so that test
>> results do not come as a surprise. Ideally we could make better use
>> of buildbot and have it do a complete test run on the branch on a
>> regular basis. But maybe there are other options. The -preN releases
>> are not going to help unless people are going to run all the tests.
>> Given that there is nothing stopping us from doing it without these
>> tarballs, I do not think releasing them is going to fix this. I still
>> think they are a good idea, they just are not going to fix this alone.
>
> In some ways this is related to the lack of precompiled binaries for RCs.
> Most svn users, particularly mac and windows, will only ever use binaries.
> Many of the users would quite happily test development copies of svn but a
> lack of binaries automatically closes out that entire user base to testing
> pre releases. Not understanding compiler tool chains doesn't automatically
> mean someone isn't technical enough to file a good bug report.

For 1.5, CollabNet provided binaries for Windows, OSX, Solaris and Red
Hat throughout the process. We even had Alpha and Beta releases where
binaries were provided. As Stefan pointed out, TortoiseSVN provides
binaries as well. And I will add that Subclipse did as well.

FWIW, and this might be directed at the reply from Stefan. I think we
did get some decent feedback from users, particularly via TortoiseSVN.
 Though he raises some good points about things that could improve
testing quality. When I talked about community feedback, I was
thinking of consumers of our API, and especially those that are
consuming layers of the API that TortoiseSVN and other clients do not.

-- 
Thanks
Mark Phippard
http://markphip.blogspot.com/
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