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Alberto Simões
April 22, 2008 10:04
Perl 5.10 and the concept of stable
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Hi, Folks.

Let me make something clear from the beginning. I am not complaining 
with this email. I just want to make people reflect on this subject, and 
show my point of view about it. But as my English is not anything I can 
be glad of...

Now, on the subject.
Accordingly with, perl 5.10.0 is 4 
months and 5 days old, and is considered a 'testing' release. On the 
text, it is told that for stable you should use 5.8.8.

I think that this of calling 5.10.0 a testing is something that got from 
5.8.0, the worst Perl release ever. We know that happens to have a bad 
release on a dot-zero release. But the beta releases, and release 
candidates are there to help to stabilize the release.

If we are waiting for 5.10.1 to mark it stable, we have four main options:
  - we find some major bug and release a bug-fix release;
  - if we do not find any major bug, we wait for some to be found (this 
can take a while)
  - we release 5.10.1 some time after 5.10.0 although not with major bug 
  - or we just give some time of quarantine and then mark 5.10.0 as 
stable (this might confuse people).

Now, why I am talking about this: because Slackware 12.1 is being 
released soon and I was asking why not to incorporate Perl 5.10. The 
answer was that Perl 5.10 is a testing release.


Alberto Simões - Departamento de Informática - Universidade do Minho
                  Campus de Gualtar - 4710-057 Braga - Portugal

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