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Re: Some questions

Subject: Re: Some questions
From: Leonard den Ottolander
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 23:35:36 +0200
Hello Pavel,

On Sun, 2005-05-22 at 02:44, Pavel Roskin wrote:
> Releasing a version that doesn't compile with the latest compiler
> against the latest libraries could affect credibility of the project.

Not doing a release for years even though there has been significant
progress is what affects the credibility of the project.

Already in december 2004 we had sort of finished the TODO for 4.6.1. It
is your over exaggerated "perfectionism" and lack of trust in your
developers that is hampering the project. If you don't have time to
check everything yourself you should try to rely more on people that are
actually doing the work. This doesn't mean your opinion is not or should
not be valued, but most of the issues you are concerned about (gcc-4.0
and slang-2) didn't even exist in december 2004 when development on the
4.6.1 branch was sort of frozen.

I believe the developers are quite willing to address all the issues you
bring up before the release of 4.6.2 (or 4.7.0 for that matter). But the
continued delay of a rather good (maybe not perfect) release of 4.6.1 is
what is chasing away developers. And it is bringing users in harms way
for putting up a barrier to do an upgrade to a release that addresses
some significant security issues. Hiding behind the responsibilities of
downstream distributors would be a very lame excuse.

You should stop demotivating all the people that are actually working on
this project by finally doing a release of 4.6.1 (sure, we should fix
some warnings before that, but this is a point point release, it doesn't
have to be perfect, just better than the previous). If you would put
more trust in your developers and the input of the people frequenting
mc-devel it shouldn't take too much of your time to maintain this
project and still maintain a rather high quality standard.

Leonard.

-- 
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