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Re: Experimental branch for GRUB

From: Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: Re: Experimental branch for GRUB
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:35:32 +0200
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Bean wrote:
> Hi,
> I think it could be beneficial to have a experimental branch for GRUB.
> Minor bug fixes can be applied to mainstream directly. But for big and
> intrusive changes, such as the new menu system, we can place it in the
> experimental branch first. Users interested in the latest fancy
> feature can use the experimental branch, while more conservative users
> can use mainstream code. When the code in experimental branch become
> stable enough, we can integrate it back to the main repository.
I'm for this idea but we should ensure that features propagate
reasonably fast from experimental to main trunk. I propose to use
experimental only for features which are invasive and which may break
other features or big patches which needs several stages before being
usable or big patches which take too long to review. New non-intrusive
developement should get quite fast to normal trunk.
For experimental branches to be useful developpers should feel free to
commit the code even which wasn't reviewed the only 2 rules for
experimental branch should be:
-No commitment of non-FSF-copyrighted code without explicit maintainer
-Respect of others

I also propose to have some kind of version string which would identify
from which experimental branch the grub was compiled and putting a
warning at the end of configure script so users would exercise
additional care

Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko
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