Suggestion for release names?
dpchrist at holgerdanske.com
Fri Feb 5 00:25:23 UTC 2021
On 2021-02-04 03:11, Polytropon wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Feb 2021 13:34:30 -0700, @lbutlr wrote:
>> I know the subject of user confusion on STABLE and RELEASE has come
>> up in the past, but I found out that releng is also confusing as I
>> was recently talking to someone who only ran releng versions of
>> freebsd because he thought that was an English only version of
>> I know this is probably futile and there's little reason to change,
>> but I think all three animus could be better.
> The "problem" is that those termini technici all carry a
> well understood meaning,
> Even worse, if you try to do a mapping of
> RELEASE-p<n> |
> RELEASE | | home user
> PRERELEASE | | embedded
> RC<n> | is to be | desktop
> BETA | used for | server
> ALPHA | | tester
> STABLE | | developer
> CURRENT / HEAD |
> this will be very hard and probably won't work. ;-)
I suspect that the terms chosen however many years ago have undergone
shifts in meaning, which reduces understanding.
I think people could better deal with vocabulary if they had a better
understanding of the FreeBSD release engineering process and its
> Maybe the following documentation parts should be more prominently
> presented on the home page?
I disagree, but will refrain from commenting on the FreeBSD website .
Michael W. Lucas in "Absolute FreeBSD", 3 e., pp. 422-427 , discusses
"FreeBSD versions". Figure 18-1 is very helpful:
- The trunk is labeled "FreeBSD-current". I believe this corresponds
to -CURRENT deliverables .
- Two branches are shown -- "FreeBSD-stable 13" and "FreeBSD-stable 14".
I believe these correspond to -STABLE deliverables .
- There are dashed lines marked "Improvements" from the trunk to the
branches. I believe those that arrive at numbers -- 13.0, 13.1, 13.2,
13.3, etc. -- correspond to -RELEASE deliverables  and those that do
not correspond to patches.
I suggest adding a similar diagram to the FreeBSD website, supplemented
with explanatory text.
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