On Sun, 1 Sep 2002, David O'Brien wrote:
> 3.3.0 will be released before FreeBSD 5.1.  It is my advice to
> FreeBSD'ville that we go with a GCC 3.3 snapshot for FBSD 5.0 and a GCC
> 3.3.0 release for FBSD 5.1.  That way we can get the new features of 3.3
> into our 5.x branch.  AND get bug fixes by importing 3.3.1 and 3.3.2 into
> later FBSD 5.x releases.

5.0 will be a beta and will not be ready for production use right?   If
so, it seems perfectly acceptable to use a 3.3 snapshot and risk breaking
binary compatibility between 5.0 and 5.1.  If it happens, you mention the
breakage in UPDATING and people who are using 5.0 should be expected to be
paying attention.

This way we get to where we want to be, which is 5.2 or 5.3 being a stable
operating system with a stable and well-supported compiler.  That seems to
be the right long-term goal to shoot for.  It sounds like gcc-3.1 or
gcc-3.2 will be archaic and buggy by the time that 5.2 and 5.3 come out.

I'm not sure exactly how FreeBSD would be "pulling a redhat" by putting in
a development snapshot if the 5.0 release is clearly labelled for
non-production use only...

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