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David Golden
June 24, 2009 02:56
Re: Perl 5.10.1
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On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 5:34 AM, Nicholas Clark<> wrote:
> Many end users, like it or not, are using the vendor supplied perl. Be that
> an OS vendor, or the internal vendor in their company. And, like it or not,
> many vendors package up whatever is current, and stick to that. So if there
> are frequent, slightly dodgy releases, we end up with an ecosystem of many
> dodgy releases, each with different bugs to work round. And a reputation for
> slighty dodgy releases. And upgrade roulette - gambling that the new release
> will not introduce bugs worse than the bugs that it fixes.


(a) ecosystem of many, frequent slightly-dodgy releases, each with
different bugs

(b) ecosystem of few, ancient releases, each with different bugs

I would argue that the number of bugs in (b) is higher than in (a)
simply due to elapsed time.  Option (a) works when number of bugs
fixed per release is greater than number of bugs introduced.

-- David

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