opinions on porting software in alpha state?
danny at ricin.com
Sun Mar 5 14:36:53 PST 2006
On Sunday 5 March 2006 22:22, Dmitry Marakasov wrote:
> I've successfully ported some software products, but now I doubt
> if I should actually submit these ports, because these programs are
> in alpha state. They are usable, yes, but as it may be expected
> from alphas they are quite buggy, and some functions don't work.
> So I wanted to ask for opinions - are such ports welcome or
> should I better wait for more mature releases?
I don't think for ports it's required that the software is stable or
completely working. Just that the actual port builds and installs the
software alright. Obviously the better it works, the nicer it is. But if
there's no port for it, fewer people would try the software and report bugs
etc (if interested enough).
So, I'd say submit them and let people find the bugs (maybe). It's your
responsibility that the port works OK, that means that it (de)installs as
expected. But you're not responsible for upstream (though you may want to get
involved of course).
My EUR 0.02
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