Drop Alphas and Betas (was Re: Releasing Alphas and Betas without "freezing")

Scott Kitterman scott at kitterman.com
Mon Jun 18 19:32:15 UTC 2012

On Monday, June 18, 2012 03:30:27 PM Scott Kitterman wrote:
> On Monday, June 18, 2012 01:30:34 PM Chris Wilson wrote:
> ...
> > I also think adding the "Release Candidate (RC)" designation towards the
> > end of the cycle would encourage more people who are quite wary of
> > installing pre-release software on their computer to get involved with
> > last
> > minute testing since RC indicates that it's pretty much done and all
> > that's
> > left is to iron out some minor glitches.
> ...
> We used to call what's now Beta 1 a "Release Candidate" for similar reasons,
> but renamed it because it's not really a release candidate.  Generally
> "Release Candidate" means "Thing that will get released if no new
> significant issues turn up".  Our current usage matches that and we should
> stick with it. I don't like the idea of turning Release Candidate into a
> marketing term in order to encourage more testing.

Correction: I meant Beta 2, not Beta 1.

Scott K

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