[Bioperl-l] Withdraw Bio::Graphics and Bio::DB::SeqFeature from bioperl distribution?

Lincoln Stein lincoln.stein at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 11:52:06 EST 2008

Oh, let's not get stuck in a war of semantics. The point is that the 1.5
series works very well and that all of us would rather use it than the
"stable" 1.4 release (correct me if I'm wrong!). "Stable" implies that we
are supporting the release, but in fact I suspect that most of us respond to
bug reports on 1.4 by asking people to try 1.5.2 or even bioperl-live.


On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM, Sendu Bala <bix at sendu.me.uk> wrote:

> Chris Fields wrote:
>> I'll volunteer to do this.  I think this should be a 1.6 release.  Users
>> have been screaming for a 'stable' release for years now, and everything on
>> trunk is definitely more stable than 1.4,
> Well, again, I don't see the value in calling it 1.6. Yes people want a
> stable release, but calling it 1.6 doesn't make it stable. Doing the things
> in the plan for 1.6 makes it stable. What you're proposing is to just lie to
> everyone - "You want 'stable'? Here, have this thing I decided to label as
> 'stable'!" It's very wrong-headed in my view.
> Do we really want all those half-tested, half-thought-out APIs that may be
> hanging around to become official and therefore need to support them and
> make their proper replacements backwards compatible come 1.7?
> But ultimately it's just semantics so I won't bring it up again. I suppose
> any issues that arise can be solved with a wiki update explaining that
> 'stable' doesn't really mean stable, or that 1.6 wasn't a stable release, or
> that our numbering scheme no longer has any particular meaning (it doesn't
> have to, after all).

Lincoln D. Stein

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