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Old 03-24-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy how to tell if software is stable or not


i know this but its been a while and i don't do linux full time so i forget stuff like this.

how do you tell if the software is stable? Example myapp.x.y.z is it when y is an even number it's stable?
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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Hi packetsmacker,

It's up to you really...

See what the development team have said about a release on their website... Do they maintain a labeled 'stable' release?

Most companies I've worked for won't install any updates until they have been available for X months...

This lets other users find the bugs, and upgrade a bit later!

Some companies I've worked for won't install the latest release at all, and deliberately stay one release number behind development.

If you're an end user (not an enterprise user) I wouldn't worry about it too much, just don't build your software from CVS or SVN repositories (most chance of being unstable as it's still in development). You'll soon know if the software you've installed isn't stable, then you can just downgrade.

Good luck.

Last edited by rizhun; 03-24-2010 at 11:08 AM. Reason: type-o
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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i know this but its been a while and i don't do linux full time so i forget stuff like this.

how do you tell if the software is stable? Example myapp.x.y.z is it when y is an even number it's stable?
I think what you are remembering is the Linux kernel version numbering scheme. It only really relates to the Linux kernel, every project does it their own way (though some may choose copy the kernel). I am not even sure if the Linux kernel project does it like that any more.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_k...sion_numbering

Last edited by nonamenobody; 03-24-2010 at 11:29 AM. Reason: Found a reference, even if it is Wikipedia
 
  


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