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Re: September Release?

BTW please answer below the original message, cut any unneeded quote
and wrap your lines at about 76 characters.

On Mon, Jul 12, 1999 at 04:22:31PM -0700, David Bristel wrote:
> Doesn't it stand to reason that we COULD freeze today?  A freeze doesn't
> mean bugs don't get fixed, as we well know.  The conversion of perl
> modules and such would continue.  Are there really that many "features"
> which arn't already in potato(even if they are buggy)?  Freeze to me means
> "feature freeze", as I'm sure it means to most people.  Sure it's still
> buggy, sure it's not ready for release candidates, but can we freeze
> today?  Sure.

If we freeze right now, some bad things would happen: we would be busy
correcting the already reported rel-crit bugs, but wider audience would
be testing it and we would get more and more new rel-crit bugs that we
wouldn't be able to fix in time. And the freeze would prolong, the
software would get out of date, and we would release late. And probably
without fulfilling all the release goals.

If we first fix the large problems, cut the RCBN[1] down to some minor
value, and *then* freeze, we'd have all that time just for testing the
distribution, finding new bugs and fixing those newly found bugs. It
would take less time, and the side effects of slowness would be gone.

But even in this latter, ideal case, something would have to come up
and delay the release for a month or so. It's just the way things work :)

[1] the release critical bugs number :)

enJoy -*/\*- spelled 'iosip', or simply 'joseph'

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