|Subject:||Re: Warning on unreleased versions.|
|Date:||Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:34:03 -0600|
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Maybe you understand this very well, but I think a better way to think about this is that the PSPP team releases a release of PSPP (which is source code) and then platform-specific "packagers" release binaries for their platform, possibly making decisions along the way. For example, Friedrich is the packager for Debian and he might make changes if PSPP fails Debian tests. A packager might possibly be very active, porting bug fixes and releasing new packages. Maybe this is bad behavior, but packagers have sometimes made choices that were even upsetting to the "upstream" project (I'm thinking about Red Hat's controversial decisions about gcc) because the packages are primarily concerned with their platform.
By this logic, there is no "official" binary release of PSPP for any platform, including therefore that there will never be an official Windows release of PSPP.
I see the logic of "recommending" 0.8.5 but I'm not sure I agree. I believe that all of the 2015 snapshots available for Windows on pspp.awardspace.com have an extremely serious bug triggered by having a non-ASCII character in Windows paths. So, many non-English speakers will hit this bug which will be a show-stopper for them. Isn't it better to recommend to them that they use the latest 0.9.0-g745ee3 snapshot? I think Harry's practice of supplying a latest snapshot package and also some older packages is an extremely practical approach. I also think it's a decision that properly belongs to the packager.
Finally, the opposing view is that 0.9.0-g745ee3 contains all kinds of other changes, including really big changes like a switch to GTK+ 3 (I think?). I think the remedy for this would be to have a process for testing Windows packages so that they don't have to have "untested" labeling.
On 3/2/2016 2:00 PM, Mark Hancock wrote:
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