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Re: 1.9.0 alpha

From: Andreas Stieger <andreas.stieger_at_gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:02:57 +0000

Hello,

On 04/11/13 23:39, Ben Reser wrote:
> One of the things we discussed in Berlin was that we wanted to produce alphas
> off trunk so that users would have an earlier opportunity to provide feedback.
>
> Branko has been proding me for the past two weeks to get a 1.9.0 alpha started.
> So to that end I'd like to suggest that next week we produce a 1.9.0-alpha1
> off trunk.

Isn't "producing an alpha" essentially just the same as pointing people
at a specific tarball made from a trunk revision that the project
considers worthy of testing? This already exists:
http://subversion.apache.org/source-code.html#nightlies
http://ci.apache.org/projects/subversion/nightlies/index.html
I don't suppose you want whole signing off dance?

This being a source based release, any alpha tester would already know
how to get and a build form a nightly tarball or source tree checkout.

So doesn't this just boil down to a project communication to the
intended audience outlining the state of development and inviting
specific testing and feedback from interested users? That is, unless you
also reach out to distribution package maintainers, binary vendors and
integrators who may produce (properly marked) binaries?

Also, mind you, if you produce an alpha you encourage feedback on it
while discouraging anything on changes later in trunk until you produce
another. How does this compare to "test trunk_at_123 which has XZY, which
we call alphaN"?

Andreas
Received on 2013-11-05 23:03:35 CET

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