[Qgis-developer] Post-release period of portable commits only?

Filipe Dias filipesdias at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 06:41:42 PST 2014

How about making a formal announcement (mailing list, website, wiki etc)
telling the users that QGIS version 2.X is in feature freeze and therefore
is sufficiently stable to be tested by end users? This may increase the
number of testers.

As an end user that uses QGIS for production, this is the only time I work
with QGIS Master.

On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM, Jonathan Moules <
jonathanmoules at warwickshire.gov.uk> wrote:

>>  Why not?  We're talking about a feature freezed period!?  The nightly
>> build
>> 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. :-)
> Cheers,
> Jonathan
>> > Very few average user will install a nightly development build, but you
>> get
>> > an higher chance of getting a broader number of people (that interacts
>> with
>> > 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
>> site
>> > "try this pre-release build" :)
>> > It's really more a matter of presentation to the users than of actual
>> work.
>> Exactly.  And that's what I meant with noise: "tada, there's a new weekly
>> snapshot/prerelease/nightly build" - not users running into problems.
>>  Because
>> I see that as the only significant difference to what we already have.
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