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Re: "testing" improvements

On Thu, Feb 27, 2003 at 09:44:54PM +0100, J?r?me Marant wrote:

> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
> >> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
> >> > You said to let testing get out of sync.  And that would either mean
> >> > abandoning testing as almost-ready-to-release (then what is its purpose?),
> >> > or releasing with packages out of sync.
> >[...]
> > The way I see it, it doesn't matter one bit whether anyone even _looks_ at
> > testing until we start to prepare for a release.  Until that time, all of
> > the "testing" happens in unstable, and "testing" is misnamed.
> You have to define "we start to prepare for a release". Like you said,
> testing is meant to be in a releasable stable at any time.

I said that testing is meant to be "almost" releasable.




This means that some work remains to be done.

Software release cycles commonly work like this:

- new functionality is added, and things break, until functionality goals
  are met

- new functionality is frozen, and only bugs are fixed, until quality goals
  are met

- a release is made

The point at which the focus changes from introducing new code to fixing
existing code is where release preparation begins.

 - mdz

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