difference between releases
agerber at ncsu.edu
Mon Nov 8 11:05:55 PST 2004
Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> On Nov 8, 2004, at 12:47 PM, TM4526 at aol.com wrote:
>> In a message dated 11/8/04 11:54:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>> jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu writes:
>>> on the "release", which should be a known, completed code base.
>>> All part of the experience I suppose.
>>> The whole world is in beta. Get over it.
>> Only the open-source world.
> When did Windows go open source? :-)
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In conventional terms, yes, FreeBSD releases are something like
snapshots, so you're right in that respect. However, these
"snapshots"/releases are not really as much of a piece of beta software
as you make it out to be. Many people download, use, and test the
release prior to its actual release in order to cut down on the number
of bugs in that particular release. That is the reason for the src and
ports (and even doc, to a certain extent) trees freezing in the
days/weeks prior to a release -- so that nothing new happens except for
bugfixes and bugfixes for bugfixes and so on as necessary. This
probably gives you the best set of testing you can reasonably ask for in
a code base that is always being updated.
So what it comes down to is that releases are snapshots of a particular
CVS branch at a particular point in time that gets special attention in
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