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On 07/08/14 14:14, Paul wrote:

The big debate recently has been over exactly this issue. A lot of
people on this list (myself included) have expressed the opinion that it
is best in this sort of circumstance to go for Still, but Charles is
among those that feel that it is best to go for Fresh.

I have read most of the thread (I am on holiday in the US, and I do not
read all emails I receive), so I might have missed something important.

I think that either opinion is right, because it is based on each one
needs and experiences. I am a user, without major technical skills, but
I have always used the latest version without real problems (some crash
but no more and no less than with other software, including proprietary

I have never lost any information, and although I am a heavy Impress
user I have never lost any image in any file (even while switching from
MacOS X to Linux and vice versa). I mention this, because it is a real
problem for many users.

This represents my experience, and is worth as much as my experience can
be considered a good one or a bad one. I think that free software should
teach users to be more self conscious about their skills, and decide
which is the best version for their needs.

I second Charles' opinion about a larger number of users choosing the
latest release (fresh) over the older one (still). Of course, these are
not scientific statistics, but individual perceptions. In some cases I
have suggested the older release, and I am definitely suggesting the
older release to enterprises.

Ultimately it is a choice between Fresh, which has newer features but
also a higher chance of bugs, and Still, which has fewer features but
likely also fewer bugs.

In some cases you need a feature and do not stumble into a bug because
of your workflow, and Fresh is the ideal choice. In some cases, you do
stumble into a bug because of your workflow and Still is the right choice.

I think that it is a matter of explaining to new users that they have a
choice between two options (which is something they never had with any
other software). Some users will understand, some others will not.

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