Please find my answers below.
On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM, Paul <email@example.com> wrote:
While your CV is impressive, this is still just your opinion. For open
source software, it seems that this isn't true. "Release early and
release often" is a mantra that is oft repeated; it seems that several
open source projects have found this to be the most effective way of
keeping interest from dying down.
You are right that it is my opinion but I believe that it will benefit open
source software. We should not apply "Release early and
release often" to Libree office because Libre office is a very important
piece of software that's going to save billions of dollars from going into
Microsoft's pockets. We cannot afford to fail in this one. For me, this is
the most important free software, even more important than linux because it
saves me money.
The best way of doing this is to release stable versions only
As stated above, I don't think this is true. Stable versions *are*
released, if people wish to stick to them, but newer versions are also
released so that people can adopt them early if they wish for newer
features. This does mean people are implicitly accepting that there may
be a few bugs still left around. And this is actuall a *part* of the QA
process. With open source software the consumer is part of the process,
rather than just someone that gets the end product and complains loudly
if things don't work, and perhaps doesn't pay.
The main problem here is that the user does not know wheher the next
release is more stable than previous one or not. And the user will get
caught in the conflict in the sense that he will think that may be if he
does not upgrade then he might be losing out on some features. This
conflict makes him try to use the new release and then he gets frustrated.
The same thing had happened to me when I was using Open Office. I ENDED UP
BUYING MICROSOFT OFFICE BECAUSE OPENOFFICE WAS NOT STABLE.
A customer can compromise on fetaures but not on stability. A stable
release with less formatting options is much more desirable than an
unstable software with lots of formatting options.
""""""""""""""With an un-stable software, a customer cannot get anything
done and he might go back to buying Microsoft office.""""""""""""""
THERE IS NO DEMAND FROM CUSTOMERS FOR FREQUENT RELEASES
I don't know where you have worked, but the customers where I have
worked were always expecting things ASAP, and sooner if possible :)
And in open source, again, there are no paying customers. The customers
are simply the users, and they often do want frequent releases. Though
you are right, not all of them do.
The customers are always demanding something because they don't get
anything because of which they can keep quiet for six months. If we give
them good stable product with less features then they will be quiet for six
Just some of my thoughts.
Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them.
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