R alpha/beta naming

Friedrich Leisch Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 09:35:15 +0100

>>>>> On Wed, 25 Mar 1998 09:22:23 +0100,
>>>>> Martin Maechler (MM) wrote:

MM> Read this morning
>>>> R : Copyright 1998, Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka
>>>> Version 0.61.2 Alpha (March 15, 1998)
MM> 		       -----
MM> So, there still is no  "R beta" around....

MM> - If I didn't know R, would I use a statistics software, if it was st=
MM>   in alpha testing state?
MM> - Is this really what we want to tell people about R?

MM> More to the point:
MM> 	I think, we could have called it beta, really.
MM> 	Even though there still are known bugs.

MM> 	S-plus 4.0 wasn't even called beta...

MM> =3D=3D> Should we plan to release =20
MM>     0.61.3 Beta ?
MM> 	   ----  (with only very minor changes from 0.61.2)

MM> Other opinions?

Hmm, as long as we have a major version number of 0 I think we could
omit any ALPHA or BETA declaration, because the 0 implies that this is
not considered to be a final release. Then we could restart thinking
about alpha/beta statements once 1.0 is out ...

That's also the reason why I removed the text ``alpha and beta
versions'' from the CRAN main page and replaced it by a simple
``R source code''.

Just my 10g (=3Dsmallest coin in Austria),

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