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From: Noel Jones (njonesmegan.vbhcs.org)
Date: Sat Apr 24 2010 - 15:21:14 CDT
On 4/24/2010 3:06 PM, Jeff Mitchell wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 12:20 AM, Victor Duchovni
> <Victor.Duchovnimorganstanley.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 12:01:05AM -0400, Jeff Mitchell wrote:
>>> On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM, The Doctor<doctordoctor.nl2k.ab.ca> wrote:
>>>>>> ??Out: 220 doctor.nl2k.ab.ca ESMTP Postfix (2.8-20100323)
>>> I know this (probably) has little bearing on the problem at hand, but
>>> if I used experimental snapshot releases in a customer-facing setting
>>> I'd be booted out the door.
>> Postfix 2.8 snapshots are reliable enough for production use. Their
>> feature-set is not future-proof, but if one needs (say postscreen)
>> a snapshot feature, it is not unreasonable to use a tested snapshot.
> The terms "stable" and "experimental" (and "alpha" and, once upon a
> time, "beta") have fairly widely understood meanings conveyed to users
> by software developers. Experimental software may be reliable, but
> there's a reason that the developers have not yet marked it as
> "stable" -- when they feel the time is right, they will do so. There
> are of course always reasons why you may want to disregard this
> labeling (such as needing new in-testing features this moment).
> This isn't a dig at Postfix -- I'm sure the snapshots are quite
> reliable, and I've never had anything but rock-solid, reliable
> behavior from Postfix. But I have certainly seen regressions in
> testing/experimental releases with other programs with rock-solid
> stable releases. As a policy it generally makes sense to listen to the
> developers' labeling unless there are specific reasons otherwise...
Then read the developer's labeling.
"Stable releases do not change except for bugfixes and for
portability fixes. New features are tested out in experimental
"New features are tested in experimental releases. They become
part of the next official release once the code has not
changed for a significant amount of time. Although this code
is still subject to change, it runs on all of Wietse's systems
so it is production quality."