[Bf-committers] 2.5 release

Toni Alatalo antont at kyperjokki.fi
Wed Nov 18 08:18:54 CET 2009

Knapp kirjoitti:
> Agreed, as beta, is fine to release it but without all the planed
> buttons? I have never seen that before on a beta.

One definition of alpha and beta I've heard is:
* alpha is when you're still missing features, have known bugs. often 
not that interesting for end users, but has things that work.
* beta is when you are kind of feature complete, and don't have loads of 
known bugs / missing things - but those are expected to be found in the 
wide user involving beta testing, before release candidates

Based on that it would be normal to have missing buttons and stuff in an 
alpha, but not in a beta which should start to look like the final 
thing. I've no idea whether this is a common conception, just something 
that was used in one project (probably the lead there got it from 
literature) and which has seemed to make sense to me since.

>> joe schrieb:
>>> I also disagree that we're risking making a bad
>>> impression, this is a *beta* after all, and plenty of software
>>> survives being in beta (just look at firefox).
>>> Joe

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