[vlc-devel] who's the right Windows build ?

Rémi Denis-Courmont rdenis at simphalempin.com
Wed Aug 27 17:16:46 CEST 2008

On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:25:25 +0200, "hannes_b at gmx.at" <hannes_b at gmx.at>
>>>> Third, I wonder how we are supposed to make a stable release
>>>> when Windows users start testing and reporting only on the
>>>> few days before the release... 
>>>> Nevermind that we announced the freeze 12 weeks ago, effective 10
>>>> weeks ago.

> so how you want feedback and tests?

I don't recall announcing the freeze for the 1.0 branch. Did I? I don't
recall any bug report mentioning that Windows crashed at startup in
June/July, either. I *do* recall noting that August was the time for fixing
0.9 bugs, but not anymore for reporting them.

And guess what, Windows users are testing the 1.0 early (now). That's OK
but not very useful. And they're testing 0.9 way too late (since last
week), which is outright harmful, as we get rushed crappy bug fixes.

> thats the reason you did not get it.

I don't care if people don't report Windows bugs. My life would actually be
easier if they did not. Then we would not feel compelled to check them out.
And we would not hopelessly try to fix bugs on a platform none of the
active developers use.

Nobody forces anybody to report quality bugs on Windows. But, as it
happens, Win32 bug fixing time is a very very scarce resource in this
project. The easiest you make it to fix Win32 problem, the better the Win32
port gets. Yet, as far as I can tell, Windows bug reports are _overall_ the
most untimely, the most obscure, the most difficult to reproduce (IMHO, at
the other far end of the bug report quality spectrum are the Gentoo bug
reports, credits to Mr Abalier in particular).

My 2 cents

Rémi Denis-Courmont

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