Fixed means fixed in a production release
Posted Feb 2, 2012 15:57 UTC (Thu) by epa
Parent article: FreeBSD and release engineering
Remember - if it's not fixed in the production release, it's NOT FIXED.
This is something that afflicts other free software projects too. It is disconcerting to file a bug report and have it closed because a fix has been checked in to version control, never mind that there is no released version with the fix. If the concept of a 'stable' or 'supported' release is to mean anything, it must mean that bugs are fixed there.
Perhaps unpaid free software developers do not have the time or resources to maintain a stable release and port bug fixes to it, but that is a separate issue. It would be better to simply acknowledge that and tell everyone to use the latest version all the time.
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