[Qgis-developer] Post-release period of portable commits only?
jonathanmoules at warwickshire.gov.uk
Mon Feb 24 06:17:44 PST 2014
> Why not? We're talking about a feature freezed period!? The nightly
> is a snapshot what what will get release. Where do you see a difference?
I think it's a perception thing.
"Nightly build" in my mind always means "bleeding edge may or may not work,
use at own risk." I'm aware that doesn't always mean "*it will crash your
computer, burn down your house, and spend your life savings on questionable
drugs*", but it's certainly not what I see as a synonym for "stable" either.
Every time I see a nightly, it always comes with a big scary caveat (QGIS
does too - http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/alldownloads.html ). This
trains users not to use them. Taking one of the nightlies and re-branding
it to something more amicable would get more folks to test it. Just copy
and paste it and rename the file. :-)
> > Very few average user will install a nightly development build, but you
> > an higher chance of getting a broader number of people (that interacts
> > QGIS in different ways) to test out your product before it's released.
> Why should it matter if we call it "weekly snapshot", "nightly build" or
> "prerelease"? It's the same thing, just the tag is different. And
> installation is essential as easy as installing the stable release.
> > It also helps channel what your describing as noise (i.e. users running
> > into problems) into a better managed call for people to test and report.
> > The noise will happen no matter what. But it might make some sense to
> > trigger some of that noise (valid bugs and "invalid" RTFM cases) _before_
> > you release your final version via a pre-release social media and news
> > "try this pre-release build" :)
> > It's really more a matter of presentation to the users than of actual
> Exactly. And that's what I meant with noise: "tada, there's a new weekly
> snapshot/prerelease/nightly build" - not users running into problems.
> I see that as the only significant difference to what we already have.
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