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From Aaron Knauf <akn...@xtra.co.nz>
Subject Release frequency (was Re: Possible Un-caught Exception in SMTPHandler)
Date Sun, 09 Feb 2003 01:53:05 GMT

Noel J. Bergman wrote:

>That bug was fixed several weeks ago.  We just need to put out v2.1.1.  I'm
>beginning to think that we've beeen making a mistake by holding up its
>release to fix other bugs as they crop up.  We should put it out, and then
>put out other point fixes.

I agree.  Point releases should be made with reasonable regularity. 
 However, a balance needs to be struck.  Release too often and your user 
base becomes irritated at the hassle of constantly upgrading.  Release 
too infrequently and your user base becomes frustrated at the poor 
response times for bug fixes.

Perhaps we should aim to do point (bugfix) releases on a set timetable? 
 Say, once per month?  This would avoid the chasing-one's-tail scenario 
encountered when you try to do a release for every bug fix.  It would 
also give developers a clear target to hit for getting their pet bugfix 
into the next build.


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