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From David Gerard <>
Subject Re: Some thoughts on quality
Date Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:31:42 GMT
On 14 August 2013 20:39, Rob Weir <> wrote:

> Maybe we need to call an earlier build the "RC" so it will get more
> attention?   We had a complete test build that we were testing for
> over a month.  But maybe it is ignored unless we call it an "RC"?  In
> other words, there were many opportunities for users to help try 4.0
> before it was released, but maybe there opportunities were not well
> known.

It basically wasn't publicised. I knew about it because I actually went
looking for it (goal: to put an image on the Wikipedia article of the 4.0
sidebar). It took a bit of ferreting about to find the prereleases. I've
followed the list all this year, so I knew (a) it existed (b) what to ask
about; the percentage of AOO users on the dev list is all but invisible.

Suggestion 1: note prereleases on the blog and in the social media channels.

Suggestion 2: do an RC for 4.0.1 as well. Even if you don't think there's a
need to, and fully expect the RC to be byte-for-byte identical to the final
release, people will appreciate being asked.

The Cathedral and the Bazaar still applies. "Release early, release often."
You could have had six months' intense testing from users who were
seriously interested.

- d.

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