#80 What is What ?

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2008-08-15
2008-08-08
willydv
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May I ask what is actually the newest version ?

We see versions like 2.11.1.3 which are actually OLDER than 2.8.6, and what about the Beta versions ?

Why are these beta versions avaliable when there is allready a stable 2.8.6 ???!?????

Please, why make it so difficult for your user to know what they need ?

Which one has the most features ? Which one is the most polished ? Why still needs those OLD beta's ?

Discussion

  • Kimmo Varis

    Kimmo Varis - 2008-08-08

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    Stable versions are all that normal users should care about. Our home page:
    http://winmerge.org/
    tells the latest stable release. No difficulties at all.

    Beta- and experimental releases are for testing/previewing new features and improvements. They are made available so that people can help us testing and giving feedback about new developments. And submit bug reports. Old releases are still available as sometimes it is very good to know if some bug was already present in older release, that makes fixing things sometimes a lot easier.

    That there are so many version numbers is because we do development in several development lines/branches:
    - 2.8.x releases are stable releases getting only some bug fixes
    - 2.9.x releases are heading into 2.10 stable release within couple of months, here we only want to stabilize/polish things for a (2.10) stable release
    - 2.11.x versions are where we actively develop new features and improvements, it heads to 2.12 stable release at the end of the year.

    Yes, it can be confusing and sound complex. But think about it this way: we developers are ready to put all this effort and work to get best possible releases out for users!

    In short: users only need to care about latest stable release mentioned in our home page.

     
  • Kimmo Varis

    Kimmo Varis - 2008-08-08
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  • Christian Blackburn

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    Hi Willydv and Kimmo,

    Thanks for answering that. I did want to mention that being able to download a previous stable release can be a absolutely wonderful if you're having a problem with a current version, you can always see if the previous version had that same issue, if it didn't then stick with the older one for a while. Hopefully, you'll also send us a bug report so we'll know about this new issue. Being able to download these older versions is one thing we do better than the closed source world.

    Cheers,
    Christian Blackburn

     
  • willydv

    willydv - 2008-08-08

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    OK Thanks.

    I actually understand now LOL,

    Once again thank you for this wonderful tool !

     
  • Kimmo Varis

    Kimmo Varis - 2008-08-15

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    Closing this item.

     
  • Kimmo Varis

    Kimmo Varis - 2008-08-15
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