On 2006-11-21 22:10-0500 Hazen Babcock wrote:
> On Nov 21, 2006, at 12:12 AM, Alan W. Irwin wrote:
>> Hi Hazen (I will keep this part off list since that is what you did):
> Sorry, I think that I forgot to hit reply all.
>> Let's leave it like this: I would prefer calling the next file release
>> plplot-5.7.1.tar.gz so there is no ambiguity about what
>> file has been downloaded by our users when they come to us asking for help
>> with their problems, but it is up to you.
> On further consideration, I agree with you about this.
> I'll create a 5.7.1
> release this weekend and I'll also bump the patch number as I should have
> done before to reflect the internal changes. Now, should this one be 5.7.1
> RC1? It seems that the threat of an eminent release has inspired a number of
> last minute changes. Are we confident enough in CVS head to go straight to a
> final release? Or should we be more conservative? I guess if we release 3
> versions in the 3 weeks people will be impressed with our productivity :).
I would be fine either with our without release candidates for these
development releases. On the one hand, these releases are considered to be
somewhat experimental in nature, and everybody in the FOSS world understands
about lots of releases if they become required because of somebody's mistake
right before the release. On the other hand, a more conservative procedure
of having RC's one week before each development release would probably raise
the quality of such releases and reduce the number of such releases. But
there are costs involved as well. It takes some effort on your part to
create file releases and some effort for our many users to download, build,
and test them. So its a judgement call about the cost versus the benefits
which I leave to you.
Regardless of your decision on RC's for the development releases, I think a
release candidate would be an excellent idea just before our next stable
release (5.8.0) just to make sure we haven't done anything stupid right
before our stable release.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org); the Yorick front-end to PLplot (yplot.sf.net); the
Loads of Linux Links project (loll.sf.net); and the Linux Brochure Project