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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:33 am    Post subject: Dumb question: What is the difference? Reply with quote

OK, I have a dumb question.

What exactly is the difference between a Beta version and a Release Candidate, and what are their relations to the final version?

And can I assume that the RC is still not ready for production use?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imagine each organization or community could have their own understanding of this.

However, I would say the comon expectation has been that a Beta is assumed to have a little unfished functionality(Not too much, that would be an Alpha) or untested implementations. In other words it is expected that the code is not ready for release.

A Release Candidate is expected to be ready for release unless something un-expected is found to be defective. Assuming nothing major and the RC will become the release.

At least that is my understanding of the process.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Dumb question: What is the difference? Reply with quote

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And can I assume that the RC is still not ready for production use?


One of the ideas behind Release Candidates, is to give an enterprise a chance to install a couple of copies on systems in a limited production environment, to find flaws / issues / etc that might still be present. This also gives the enterprise a chance to determine how best to roll out a system wide upgrade.

If your platform has had a showstopper issue, then wait till that is fixed, before installing it on your system.

Otherwise go ahead and install it on a limited basis.

Most showstoppers are announced on the users list. You can find them all, by doing a search on issuezilla.

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