Posted on: 2004/6/18 15:16
Re: How to handle bugfixes short term after release version
At the risk of over-generalization, we find major 'public' problems with release versions from the actions of those too eager to update but lack enough skills (PHP or XOOPS) to really know what they are doing.
I feel that those who have used XOOPS for some time know enough to test release versions on test sites or local setup. It is not meant for the weak of heart.
I have a local setup that serves as a backup of my site. I also use it to experiment with new modules and upgrades, if I have the time. If I find some errors or bugs, I would definitely report it here. But if I don't have time, I usually wait for some bug reports here. Nobody should immediately upgrade their live site just hours from a new patch release, unless they know what they are doing.
This is not to undermine the devs efforts. I could feel the sense of accomplishment from the devs when they released the new version. But all products have to be tested and, as with most open-source, the community does the testing. XOOPS is actually lucky that a bug was found hours after release. It was easy to pull back without widespread damage.
New XOOPS users should be aware of the community testing phase of open-source, especially for release versions. It is not like proprietary software or an anti-virus software where you can just click a button to update virus defs.
For the other issue of old problems answered but continually re-surface, we are hoping that some good documentation would minimize that--and the Documentation team is hoping
to make contributions in that aspect.