It is true that there are people asking for both bug fixes and language features and both are not being answered at the moment.  I think if there is a fork for just the bug fixes, people who specifically don't want language changes can still use it and then there can be a separate release or a fork on top of that.  I don't know how big that group would be though aside from myself.

borislav@kobrix.com wrote:
I'm not sure how many outstanding bugs there are, but I suspect there
aren't that many. I'm using BeanShell extensively and I've only had the
namespacing issue mentionned a few emails ago (incidently, the issue is
not about 'overloading' which doesn't make sense in the absence of types,
it's just an overidding problem....later definitions taking the place of
former ones) and I've fixed this in my own copy of BeanShell that is being
distributed with Scriba (http://www.kobrix.com/scriba.jsp).

On the other hand, why restrict a fork to bug fixes only? I'd be tempted
to implement and experiment with _significant_ new features rather than
wait for a committee in a closed room to decide what's best for the user
community, as it happens with every other JSR. Correct me if I'm wrong,
but I fear that for the JSR based 3.0, there won't be any open
conversation going, we'll all have to hold our breadths and wait and hope
for the best. Take a look at how impressive Perl 6 is in terms of
linguistict capabilities...it's because it is a product of the whole
community!

Best,
Boris

> Lets hope that when 3.0 comes out it wont *have* these bugs.
> And if it does, and if the fixes cant or wont be integrated, the lets hope
> authors will be more open to fixing bugs in 3.0 then in 2.0.
> This is why I suggest a "bug fix only" fork ...
>
> Time will only tell if people prefer an active 2.0 branch or a future 3.0
> branch.
> I certianly would prefer a carefully managed 2.0 bug fix branch now over a
> 3.0 branch sometime in the future.
> I'm also concerned about the impact of the hinted "refactoring" in the 3.0
> branch ... how much of a hit will existing code take ?
> I dont know ... maybe too much to move onto 3.0 for a long time after its
> out.
>
> My experience with similar projects is that sometimes people actually
> prefer the "N" branch over the "N+1" branch for exactly these reasons ...
> so 2.0 and 3.0 may very well diverge ... which isnt a horrible thing
> necessarily. All depends on what your goals are.
> Maybe at some point it will be clearer if 3.0 will want to catch up with
> the 2.0 branch or go its seperate way. Possibly at that point it might
> be a good idea to re-examine what the goals are of this fork ...
>
> But for now, in the near future (say 1 year out ...) I see a huge
> advantage in getting a 2.0 fork which has some active bug fixing.
> I certianly would jump on it, and help with it. Providing the goal (for
> now) is stability and fixes and there was some infrastructure in place to
> test fixes before they were commited. I dont know the state of unit test
> for BeanShell ...
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alexey Zinger
> To: beanshell-users@lists.sourceforge.net
> Cc: beanshell-developers@lists.sourceforge.net
> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 3:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [Beanshell-dev] [Beanshell-users] The sad state of
> Javascripting
>
>
> I agree in principle, but I wonder what the likelihood of these fixes
> not being easily integratable into the 3.0 release will be...
>
> "David A. Lee" wrote:
> I vote "yes", although I would suggest we keep this fork a "bug fix
> only"
> fork in the hopes that the fixes may someday be incorporated back into
> the
> mainline.
> If we start adding feature enhacements mixed in with bug fixes, or
> start
> doing 'gratuitius fixes' then we will likely be locked into a dead
> end.
> I volunteer to help.
>
> < this is just an oppinion ... I dont have the "right" to vote ...
> anymore
> then anyone who is "just a user">
>
> -David Lee
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "fschmidt"
> To:
> Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 10:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [Beanshell-users] The sad state of Java scripting
>
>
> >
> > Would anyone object to me forking BeanShell?
> >
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> >
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