Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2018 22:32 UTC

It looked like Windows 10 build 17133 was going to be blessed as the 1803 update, but that plan has been derailed. Though the build was pushed out to Windows Insiders on the release preview ring - an action that, in the past, has indicated that a build is production ready - it turns out that it had a bug causing blue screens of death.

Microsoft could likely have addressed the situation with an incremental update, but for whatever reason, it didn't. Instead, we have a new build, 17134. This build is identical to 17133 except that it fixes the particular crashing issue. Fast ring Insiders have the build now, and it should trickle out to Slow ring and Release Preview ring shortly. If all goes well, the build will then make its way out to regular Windows users on the stable release channel.

Microsoft's various rings for Windows testing seem to be really paying off. They give testers a lot of flexibility in just how bleeding edge they wish to be, and they make it very easy to change between the various levels, while also providing people like me - who really don't have the time to actively test and report bugs - a safe and easy way to get big updates a few weeks before it hits mainstream.

So basically what Linux distributions have been doing for two decades.

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what a turgid experience
by codifies on Wed 18th Apr 2018 10:43 UTC
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We only own windows on one machine, and windows is rarely booted as the wife isn't interested, preferring less drama when she reads her email.

Thought I really ought to update it.... two days ago... after a slow turgid process, I had to look up some random number it spit out rather than a meaningful message, had to resort to some command line fu, and eventually got the thing updated.

now I find out there's another update on the way - oh the horror...

contrast with every few days having 2-20 small packages that upgrade within 5mins and allow you to use your machine without any appreciable difference

and they say people use windows because its easy? sheesh....

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