Is M12 Alpha?
Thursday December 2nd, 1999
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#55 The Purpose of Alpha
Friday December 3rd, 1999 8:50 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the purpose of Alpha release is to test the product for the purpose of de-bugging. No one should expect it to be bug free. My major objection (and I think some people actually agree with me!) is that the level of bugs and usability is not the same across different platforms. If the purpose is to de-bug a cross-platform program, it stands to reason that it should work about the same on all platforms going into the testing. Otherwise you end up with the version for one OS getting a lot more testing than another, and consequently one stable Beta and one unusable Alpha.