Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Feb 2009 18:31 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Back when it was becoming clear that the time of the BeOS had come and gone, enthusiasts immediately set up the OpenBeOS project, an attempt to recreate the Be operating system from scratch, using a MIT-like license. The project faced difficult odds, and numerous times progress seemed quite slow. Still, persistence pays off, and the first alpha release is drawing ever closer. We decided to take a look at where Haiku currently stands.
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A possible solution: an Alpha release
by renox on Tue 10th Feb 2009 23:23 UTC
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There's a big difference between not having a release and having one even if it's an Alpha because to have a release, you need to define your goals and then classify the bugs accordingly.

It's a big work but IMHO it's necessary as it creates a kind of 'common grounds'.

But one think that is necessary is to use a naming/numbering/description/release note of the release which is as descriptive as possible and *honest* for the user: a release name such as 'Haiku Alpha 0.x Developer preview' (adjust the number as needed but 1.0 means *stable*) would be fine..

The article talks about KDE, the reason why even now KDE4.0 is flamewar material is that the naming and the release note was dishonest, suggesting that it was ready for endusers when it wasn't which is something that we don't expect from Free Software developers.. (well that and that several distributions were assh... to select KDE4 as a default KDE desktop when it wasn't ready)

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