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Re: thunderbird upgrade - wtf?

On 10/11/2009 11:19 AM, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Whether to include a beta or not should be decided on a case by case
basis. It is a good idea to avoid those but if there are substantial
benefits, it is fine. The focal point of the discussion isn't what it
originally include but how the software changes in updates. Do you use
thunderbird as your main mail client? If so, did you find the changes in
the update not disruptive for you?

I do use TB (read my email headers). I fully understood that TB 3.0 was in beta and could drastically change at any moment. I keep track of their development as well so I was prepared for the changes that have happened. If you expect beta software to act like stable software then you need to update your dictionary.

We aren't talking about upstream development however.  It is the
responsibility of the thunderbird package maintainers in Fedora to avoid
updates that prevents the mail client from being usable for a
substantial amount of time and changes the UI in a unexplained way. The
modifications required to avoid those would have been rather simple.

The TB 3.0 updates have been sitting in updates-testing for at least a week or so before they are released into updates. The karma being received has been overwhelmingly *positive* so it's one or two conservative folks that really dislike change that voice their opinions and get some attention for the sake of attention.

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