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Am 06.08.2014 11:38, schrieb Tom Davies:

This seems to contradict what both Charles and what Florian Reisinger were

No. See below:


It also kinda explains the graphic on the;
page, although that graphic doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  Do other
people understand it?  There used to be a neat little graph which kinda
boggled the eyes at first but began to make sense after staring at it for a

By clicking on the graphics you come to its upload page with all former
versions: just chose the one you want to see, e.g. this:

So Nino's answer suggests that some people might prefer the branch that has
matured because by that time it is more stable.  So releases with a higher
3rd digit are more mature, more stable and less likely to have problems.
The only downside is that you get less features.


However this seems to contradict what Charles was saying about both
branches being fully stable.  So which is wrong?

Maybe it's about the usage of the word "stable".

Charles uses it in kind of a "strict sense" in software development: a
software may be called stable if no crasher bugs are reported/open. (I don't
know the exact actual definition in LibreOffice as I did not find it
explicitly written somewhere). Florian simply assumes that the state
"stable" is reached after the 6th bugfix release. So their definitions
seemingly differ and it might be considered helpful to work on a common
definition. But there is no doubt that both try to use it "according to
definition" (or presumable definition).

You seem to use it in an undefined way, kind of a "common sense". Which is
also right, but - as is the nature of undefined terms - does not reflect the
product's state but rather your (or someone else's) expectations.

So, strictly spoken, Charles/Florian are right. But commonly spoken, you are

There is additionally the problem of comparing two differend kinds of fruit:
it's difficult to compare the maturity of oranges and apples. Strictly
spoken, you cannot say, this orange is more mature than this apple. In this
analogy, every minor branch *is* a different fruit as it has different
features from other minor branches :-)
Therefore one simply shouldn't compare them regarding "stableness". It will
always stay an opinion showing that the person uttering it does not really
understand what she is talking about ;-)

omg, what a long posting ,-)

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