Testing the bleeding edge
Posted Mar 2, 2006 7:34 UTC (Thu) by danieldk
Parent article: Testing the bleeding edge
"It's only through serious use that one discovers, say, that the web server does not handle load as well as before, that the compiler produces bogus code in certain situations, that emacs feels pretty today, or that the Wesnoth sound effects have stopped working."
True, but serious testing also occurs on stable distributions. E.g. a lot of people run a stable distribution, and install the latest version of, say, OpenOffice.org.
Distributions are now much more feature-driven than they used to be. Beta releases of some distributions include beta releases of gcc, GNOME, et al. This speeds up software development a bit, but is not really good for the quality of the final product.
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