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From Emmanuel Lécharny <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release Apache Ignite (Incubating) 1.0-RC3
Date Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:03:55 GMT
Le 22/03/15 11:04, Jochen Theodorou a écrit :
> Am 22.03.2015 00:09, schrieb Marvin Humphrey:
> [...]
>> Because "release candidate" and "RC" are specialized terms with
>> precise meaning at Apache and because we make a strong legal
>> distinction between "released" and "unreleased" code, this is
>> extremely confusing.  Having something named "RC" which is also an
>> official Apache release is... gah, it makes my brain hurt.
>> Please consider adopting different terminology in the future --
>> "alpha", "beta", "golden master candidate / GM candidate", etc.
> Being new at is RC and "release candidate" related to
> "released" and "unreleased code"?

It's unrelated. Release is a process, more specifically the result of a
process, RC is just a name. Unreleased code is just what is on the
repository, not yet packaged as a tar ball that has been voted and
endorsed as  a release by the project PMC.
> Normally a release candidate is code ready for release, that if
> nothing has been found, will result in a full blown release with
> unchanged code base. 
> The terms alpha and beta don't catch that at all. 
> They are for earlier versions. I did never hear of "golden master
> candidate / GM candidate". 
Because there is nothing like a rule at The ASF that tells you you must
deliver golden master whatever.

The ASF is quite directive about what is a release, it's totally silent
on which name you should use for a release. You can even use a code
name, like Ubuntu does...

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