[Qgis-developer] [Qgis-community-team] QGIS stable, release, master, development, nightly build, latest, unstable etc etc

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Sun Sep 29 17:02:13 PDT 2013

On 09/29/2013 04:25 PM, Ramon Andiñach wrote:
> On 29/09/2013, at 21:27 , Richard Duivenvoorde wrote:
>> Hi Lists,
>> while rewriting the download/install page for the website, I see there
>> are A LOT different 'versions/namings' for installers (see subject).
>> BUT actually we only have
>> - a stable version: QGIS 2.0
>> - a development version (being build from latest master)
>> I think to be clear to our (new) users I think we should in all our
>> communication (github, website, ....) just use TWO terms (if possible).
>> I propose:
>> QGIS stable
>> QGIS development (build)
>> Anybody against this, or has better ideas?
>> /me do not want to start a huge discussion about this. Feel free to veto
>> my choices and propose two(!) others.
> Wholeheartedly agree,
> but, at the risk of being the one that turns it into a discussion, I'm curious. What do QGIS as installed by OSGeo4W packages and QGIS installed by ubuntugis-unstable ppa packages classify as?
> If I understand correctly, the QGIS package itself uses the stable code, but the dependencies are updated as new versions become available. Over time they are recompiled to fit these dependencies and diverge further from the original QGIS release. As shown on this list, both of these versions are may not stable at these times of updating.
> Would a note warning of such a possibility be enough? 
> I know there's a note to this effect on to the ubuntu-gis repository website. I don't recall one on the OSGeo4W website. 
> I'm also not sure how you'd go about explaining it to (new) OSGeo4W users, however in both cases the QGIS downloads page tells you how to download directly without mentioning this possibility or pointing at the website note.
> -ramon.
> (Apologies if I set the discussion off).
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QGIS Stable with dependency updates?

QGIS Stable standalone <- If you're new to qgis and want full control
when you upgrade (Normal User), don't plan to use many plugins.

QGIS Stable updatable+extendable (Even if we rarely push bug fixes
releases now) <- If you want bugfixes and updates to underlying
libraries (GDAL updates often add formats over time - ie HDF, jpg2000,
ecw, mrsid) (Power User)
This version is also easier to install additional libraries for various
plugins you may want. Plugins with Stable may require lots of extra
work. [This is OSGeo4w and Ubuntugis (Line between stable/unstable isn't
clear right now)]

QGIS development (Developers and Power Users who don't mind occasional
non-working versions) [OSGeo4w dev and Nightlies]

The first 2 will work except when you hit an occasional bug or briefly
during upgrade if you try to upgrade too soon. <- hard to explain

Development version assumes you understand instability and are willing
to put up with it or help.

Not sure if any of that helps simplify the discussion. Guess we can
repack the Standalone occasionally with newer osgeo4w stacks if major
upgrades occur. 2.0.1-1 -2 -3 etc...


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