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Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H)

Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H)

Posted Nov 1, 2012 8:41 UTC (Thu) by Otus (subscriber, #67685)
In reply to: Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H) by davidstrauss
Parent article: Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H)

> The issue with Canonical's approach is a combination of doing the work
> privately and having it skip the usual public process. Its inclusion seems
> to be automatic.

They are in effect saying that they want to use the community to test and
report bugs on the implementation only, as opposed to the design as well.

If a feature is landed only in time for the beta release, there may be time
to fix some bugs, but not rethink the whole approach (until next release).


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Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H)

Posted Nov 1, 2012 10:41 UTC (Thu) by tcourbon (subscriber, #60669) [Link]

> They are in effect saying that they want to use the community to test and
> report bugs on the implementation only, as opposed to the design as well.

I think I'm gonna get beaten but this make perfectly sense for me. Using community input for design (like in "I want to make this pretty and usefull what do you tink ?") is a bad idea. We all have a sense of beauty and usefulness that's shaped by our tastes, use-cases and work-flows. "Design by comity" is an absolute evil when it comes to get to a sleek product.

Still, I fear the the line between design and implementation may be a bit blurry when it comes to desktop shell. I just hope they will seek input from the community soon enough...

Also what I understood from the "ta-da" announcement is that it was in fact the move from a process where features were designed and implemented behind the Canonical curtains to a process where well-know community member could take an active role in the development of such feature at a much more early stage, even if that means to not publicly communicate before the implementation testing step. I would summarize that as an opening, even if still not in what most people would call the open source spirit.

But I'm may be mistaken.

Ubuntu: No more alphas, just one beta (The H)

Posted Nov 3, 2012 17:24 UTC (Sat) by sahko (guest, #54088) [Link]

>I think I'm gonna get beaten but this make perfectly sense for me. Using
>community input for design (like in "I want to make this pretty and
>usefull what do you tink ?") is a bad idea. We all have a sense of beauty
>and usefulness that's shaped by our tastes, use-cases and work-flows.
>"Design by comity" is an absolute evil when it comes to get to a sleek
>product.

Couldnt't agree more. Not getting any input from the community worked exceptionally well for GNOME. :)


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