0.9.2 Branch and Beyond
Sunday June 24th, 2001
Chris Blizzard has posted an update on current tree management plans for the 0.9.2 branch and the 0.9.3 trunk. The plan calls for mozilla.org to drop the requirement of email@example.com approval for check ins to the trunk, while continuing it till 0.9.2 is finished on the branch. Chris felt that using 0.9.2 as a stability milestone was a success, partly thanks to the drivers requirement, but mostly due to better self policing by those who were checking in.
#39 Re: Re: The point is the goals changed!!
Tuesday June 26th, 2001 4:21 PM
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Sigh. I have been in software development for over 20 years. I have been the programming lead on a major software product that has been praised as being "the most stable of any application of its type, on any platform." No, I didn't take any classes from Dr. Brooks (my degree is from another school not far from there), but he was a well-known figure in the area and we often went to his colloquia. I'm hardly a newbie either.
If you have the background you say you do, then you would understand that when you lump every possible change under the rubric "bug" (as bugzilla tends to do), that you can't just claim that all of them are of equal importance, especially with regards to "stability" rather than "enhancements." And when I point out that you don't seem to be making any such distinctions, I'm not trying to make an ad hominem argumeent.
The obvious implication of having 0.9.2 being a "stability" milestone is that that was the point that a major vendor (Netscape) was planning to use as a branch point for their release. It would make a lot of sense for them to continue to make "stability" fixes beyond that, in their branch.
I do not feel that I am qualified to make a judgement on whether mozilla is down to a reasonable bug count for the stated purposes of this milestone - it would take far too much time for me to make such an assessment, and as I said I am not actively involved with it; just an interested bystander.
But I do know that raw bug counts that include everything from crashers to spelling errors are a highly unreliable statistic.