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.
I fully agree with Amit. I'm "just" a user, not a developer. As a user, my
primary concern is knowing my program will do what I need faithfully and
without bugs. I will gladly substitute advanced features for stability. And,
it really frosts me to see a new release resurrect bugs that had been
previously fixed. Nothing feels worse than going backwards with a program.
Until recently, like many, I was confused by the LO release cycle, always
thinking that the latest release would be the best and most stable. But,
recently, I saw the graph showing how it all works. It appears to me as if,
with LO, we users are doing the testing that commercial companies do
in-house. I honestly don't like it and I suspect that this way of doing
things will drive users away.
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