At 17:29 2/5/2001, Sascha Schumann wrote:
>On Wed, 2 May 2001, Zeev Suraski wrote:
> > The question is, if you think people will actually download the RC in order
> > to test it (as opposed to using it) - why won't they join the QA team?
>     Their job description might list "test new software releases
>     before putting them into production," and not "join the PHP
>     QA team."

"Testing new software releases before putting them into production" is 
pretty much a one sentence description of what 'Quality Assurance' is.

>   Joining the QA team for downloading a simple
>     pre-release sounds a bit too much bureaucratic.
>     And just to give an example.  In the past, I've installed
>     various pre-releases of the Linux kernel.  If something
>     broke, I reported it.  But I don't think I would have ever
>     joined a Linux QA team.  Enabling more people to test RCs on
>     a wider range of systems will hopefully produce more feedback
>     and hence increase the quality of the release process.

I don't seem to recall Linux publishing far-reaching announcements about 
-pre versions.  If you walked around the development mailing lists or the 
behind-the-scene web sites, you could hear about it, much like you can with 
PHP today.


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