[ntp:questions] Re: 4.2.1-RC

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.isc.org
Mon Mar 27 19:00:53 UTC 2006

>>> In article <e08rjh$3l3$1 at canard.ulcc.ac.uk>, Ronan Flood <ronan at noc.ulcc.ac.uk> writes:

Ronan> Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.isc.org> wrote:
>> OK, so y'all want there to be an RC release that is identical to the
>> released version?

Ronan> Seems sensible to me, but I know nothing about release engineering
Ronan> :-/

I'm trying to see the point.  It seems to me this would only add an extra
delay to the release process.

I guess it depends on whether or not folks only grab the first RCx tarball
or if they grab the subsequent snapshot tarballs as well.

Ronan> How does ISC do it for BIND?  It has RCs.  Is there a difference
Ronan> between an RC and a beta?

I'm not sure about BIND, but I can find out soon.

As for RC and beta, I think a useful metaphor might be a theatrical
performance.  The play (and music) are delivered to the performers "ready to
go" and need to be integrated.  Once any local changes are finalized one
could say it's in beta.  The dress rehearsal is the RC.

I suspect we could say that 'beta' means there is a feature freeze and only
(blocking?) bug fixes go in.

Ronan> It was just a suggestion -- proceed as you deem appropriate ...

I have been contemplating all of these things lately - it's good to rehash
and understand the cause/effect and interactions.


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