Quoting Robert Schweikert <rjschwei(a)suse.com>om>:
I think GNOME is a good example but the same problem
applies to many
other devel projects.
Of course this applies to many other areas.. I mainly use GNOME as I
have most knowledge in this area and can mostly assess on how bad it
behaves / breaks other stuff. Any project that has development
branches and stable branches will be similarly to be handled.
I also think that neither A or B as proposed by
solutions to the problem described by Dominique.
The changes in wording from "stable" to
"usable" would definitely be
necessary, but this is also a very slippery slope. A bug that breaks
functionality in a given way may not effect one person and thus the
system is "usable" while it will leave another person completely
stuck, thus the system is "not usable". Therefore, even the "usable"
definition appears to open up a can of worms.
Agree... after all, there is always a number of bugs being reported
after a different userbase starts using it. So despite group '1' not
having had issues and considering 'usable' (or even stable), group '2'
starts working on it, experiences crashes, hangs and general failures..
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