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From Stack <st...@duboce.net>
Subject Re: Release numbering for branch-2 releases
Date Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:42:35 GMT
On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM, Suresh Srinivas <suresh@hortonworks.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Owen O'Malley <omalley@apache.org> wrote:
> > I think that using "-(alpha,beta)" tags on the release versions is a
> really
> > bad idea.
> Why? Can you please share some reasons?
We already had a means for denoting 'alpha' software -- release candidates
-- and 'beta'; early versions of a major release were installed with
trepidation by all but the clueless.

We also had a place for API changes and wire format revamps; they were done
in the next major version, not between point releases (caveat unintended

The -alpha and -beta designations muddy hard-won understanding of what the
numbers mean.

> I actually think alpha and beta and stable/GA are much better way to set
> the expectation
> of the quality of a release. This has been practiced in software release
> cycle for a long time.

Not in hadoop though, not until these 2.0ings.

> Having an option to release alpha is good for releasing early and getting
> feedback from
> people who can try it out and at the same time warning other not so
> adventurous users on
> quality expectation.
Lets call it a snapshot instead because alpha is damaged (IMO).

Thanks Suresh,

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