New 1.14 RC date?

Ben Finney ben+bazaar at
Wed Apr 1 22:29:23 BST 2009

Vincent Ladeuil <v.ladeuil+lp at> writes:

> People are aware that this is a development format and that we will
> be even more responsive than usual to any problem they may encounter
> using it.
> I even suspect some of them may have already started playing with it
> but wait for a more official version before giving feedback.

I don't agree with this at all. What ground do you have for stating
that “people are aware that this is a development format”? Was that
also true of previous development formats that appeared in releases,
and if not, what has changed since then?

Those who are waiting for a “more official” version are, IME,
waiting for a “more reliable” version. Such people are deliberately
*not* running a development version so they can be sure that
everything they're running is blessed as “release quality”. Pushing
a still-needs-feedback format into a release in an attempt to get it
used by such users has *not* worked well in the past, and I see no
reason why it would work any better this time.

If you want to attract more testing and feedback for the format, that
is a signal that it needs to stay *out* of the release, IMO, and that
instead you should be attracting the type of users who *want* to do
such testing of in-development functionality. An official release is
not the place to seek such users.

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Ben Finney

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