Fedora looks to increase Rawhide testing
Posted Feb 27, 2009 0:10 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
Parent article: Fedora looks to increase Rawhide testing
Most distributions opt for recommending that users stay away from their development branches, instead awaiting alphas, betas, or release candidates.
If they're recommending that users use alpha releases, they don't know what an alpha release is. An alpha release is a release made for alpha testing. Alpha testing is simulating use of a product for the sole purpose of finding bugs in it. Beta testing is using a product for the dual purpose of getting work out of it and finding bugs. Production is using a product for the sole purpose of getting work out of it. So alpha releases are for testers, not users.
In open source practice, the development branch is typically used as a beta release (whether the project calls it that or not).
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