Subject: a quick reminder for perl-release-announce readers
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Jarkko Hietaniemi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/18/1999 01:47:05
A concern was raised at the perl5-porters list and I thought best
to repeat it also at perl-release-announce.
(Which means perl5-porters will get it twice, oh well...)
The purpose of the perl-release-announce is to keep both operating
system vendors/projects and Perl aware of each others' latest developments,
so that by the time when Real Releases roll out, there will be no Surprises.
It's all symbiotic: the OS suppliers test, report, and fix;
and the perl5-porters help, integrate, and fix.
The Reminder follows.
The OS suppliers MUST NOT supply Perl releases known as MAINT_TRIALs
and devel to their customers, never ever.
MAINT_TRIALs and devels are definitely unfinished and potentially
unstable developer-only releases (and in the case of devel,
potentially backwardly incompatible). You will just gain a horde of
unhappy customers and a bunch of not amused Perl developers.
Instead, help with the MAINT_TRIALs by testing them so that true MAINTs
can be released.
To avoid accidents like this, please study Porting/pumpkin.pod and
Porting/patching.pod. (They are beneficial reads in general, how
to work with the Perl source and how to supply patches to email@example.com.)
(What releases then to release, press onto CDs and whatnot, you may be
wondering? MAINT releases, I'd say--call me superstitious but I
think dot-zero releases should be avoided.)
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