GIMP in Gutsy is a "release conadidate".

Florin Andrei florin at
Thu Nov 22 18:27:09 UTC 2007

Scott (angrykeyboarder) wrote:
> What is a *release candidate* doing in a *final release* of Ubuntu? This
> can't be part of the "polish" that the SABDFL strives for can it?

Stop this silly religious war. "Release candidate" and "stable release" 
are relative terms. There's nothing absolute about them.

Ubuntu's problem, if anything, is that it's _too_conservative_, not too 
Look at OpenVPN - everyone uses 2.1 RC4, which has many new and useful 
features, only Ubuntu uses 2.0, which was released in Oct 2006 and 
cannot use the subnet topology that 2.1 has.
Look at dvgrab - Feisty has version 1.8 which was released in 2005. The 
latest dvgrab is 3.0 and has a lot of new useful features.
The examples can continue.

Sometimes it's a release candidate that is the appropriate thing to use. 
Sometimes it's the official "stable" release. But there's no hard and 
fast rule about that. Stop being sanctimonious. Thank you.

Florin Andrei

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