Release candidates in main - was: GIMP *final* release for Gutsy?

Kai Schroeder schroed at
Fri Nov 9 12:00:28 UTC 2007

Scott (angrykeyboarder) wrote:
> > Gutsy shipped with a *non-final* release of The GIMP (2.4 RC3, to be
> > specific).

Apart from the question whether an update should land in updates or
backports, I think there definitely is a valid point here: Users have
been taught that beta software (or release candidates) should not be
used on production machines. Now, every time they start the gimp, a
splash screen appears which says "release candidate" and a lot of them
(correctly imho) feel they should not get beta software during a
distribution upgrade. As someone has said in this thread, the version
shipped with Ubuntu may even have additional patches to the official
release candidate. Perhaps, in the future one should think about
renaming release candidate software (at least when this is so clearly
visible on a splash screen) to "Ubuntu version" or something like that?

Kai Schroeder

More information about the Ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing list