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

Cedric Puddy cedric at thinkers.org
Fri Dec 16 17:39:57 EET 2005

My experience is that the daemon performs much better than "alpha"  
would ordinarily indicate.

I very nearly implemented 0.9x, which would have, in retrospect, been  
unfortunate.  The only reasons I implemented dovecot at all initially  
(what with the Alpha label and all) are twofold:
	- I was ******very****** desperate for a imap server with indexing
	- Redhat packaged it in RHEL

All the same, it's not quite done yet, and if those issues may  
require an incompatible redesign of some section of the daemon, then  
Alpha should remain, IMHO.

If the likelyhood of an incompatible rework is nil, then I vote to  
move it on up to Beta.  When the release time comes, we could have  
some "Release Canidate" versions, and it would all be politically  
easier to sell, and get new users on board.  It would really, really  
suck to be in position (like I am) where *I need this daemon*, but  
had to weather major static over a label issue.

Anyway, that's my .02 for Timo and crew to duly consider :)

Also, my mail server & clients & I say 1024**4 thanks for the great  


On 16-Dec-05, at 10:12 AM, Jeff A. Earickson wrote:

> 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?
>> -- 
>> Marc Perkel - marc at perkel.com
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