On Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:35:55 +0100
Tom Davies <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Ok, so that sounds like the 4th or 6th "cycle" of a branch has
reduced the bugs and regressions = i think most people would call
that making it more stable wouldn't they?
By definition, yes.
"Stable" is hard to define, although on it's own it does lean towards
meaning "no bugs that crash the system in any way", but "More Stable"
for sure means "less bugs of any sort".
Then the point about recent releases having had less usage seems to be
saying that it is not quite so stable.
Again, yes. Part of the problem is some people commenting seem to think
that if one branch is "stable", the other must be "unstable". This is
not true. Normal practice in the open source world is to call the most
stable branch "stable", and the less stable branch (note, less stable,
by definition, but not necessarily unstable) something like
"development", or even "latest". Heck, even "Stable" and "Fresh" would
be waaaay better than what we have now.
So i think we still need to try to think of a really short name for
each branch that describes what it's advantage is over the other
"Stable" for the more mature branch is a no brainer.
The other branch can be something like "Development" or even
Part of the problem lies, in my opinion, in not having a relevant
description of the terms on the download page. Users should never
simply be shown such terms and assumed to know what they mean. The
download page should *always* give a brief description of what the
terms mean, and there should be an easily visible link to a description
of the two, explaining to new users why they may want one over the
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