[Dovecot] Dovecot Version Numbers - Let's drop the Alpha?

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at colby.edu
Fri Dec 16 17:12:32 EET 2005

For political reasons, I would like to see alphaX promoted to "1.0".
My boss had a cow the other day when I told her we are running alpha
code in production.  My defense was "you hadn't noticed because it
works."  Or at least call alpha6 something like "beta1" instead.

Jeff Earickson
Colby College

On Fri, 16 Dec 2005, Marc Perkel wrote:

> Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 06:42:09 -0800
> From: Marc Perkel <marc at perkel.com>
> To: dovecot at dovecot.org
> Subject: [Dovecot] Dovecot Version Numbers - Let's drop the Alpha?
> I'd like to make a suggestion. Let's drop the Alpha and come out with an 
> official version 1.0.
> Here's my reasons. The 0.9x version are obsolete and people should be using 
> the 1.0 Alpha versions which seem to me to do everything the previous 
> versions did and more. It's as full featured and stable as all other IMAP 
> servers and in my opinion is ready to be called 1.0.
> The "Alpha" label scares people off and with the 0.9x version being obsolete 
> I think it creates confusion for new users. It created confusion for me when 
> I converted to dovecot, and distros are less ,ikely to include versions with 
> the Alpha label.
> Once you go to 1.0 you can start a 1.1 alpha series and finish it up. I know 
> Timo has high standards but as a marketing issue I think that the Alpha label 
> needs to go to get people to accept and use 1.0 in production.
> Thoughts?
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> Marc Perkel - marc at perkel.com
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