Time for my 10 Aussie cents worth, (or 0.06962Euro)
As we have said in the past
ediloren wrote:We already had long discussions on the meaning of 'stable' and 'unstable'
In a generic commonly spoken English sense "unstable" is a VERY bad word to use, I know what it means to a developer but most, or at least a lot of, Windows users are non-technical types to whom "unstable" means it crashes a lot and they quite understandably get completely the wrong idea.
I am a great believer in common, simple, small, regular, updates becoming the official releases.
But I also see "development snap shots" as a great service for
1) those that have found a bug and want to get the bug fix and
2) those keen to see the latest features.
When you think about it, these development snap shots are potentially useful for FreeCAD development, as via these snap shots we will have more people on more platforms testing newer code and hopefully finding more bugs before the next release. Currently if a bug exists in master that only effects Windows, it is more likely that it will not be found until after release due to less testing of up to date code.
Also I think offering zipped version is also a great service ...in that it allows a Windows user to try the development snap shot without forcing them to un-install or upgrade their main installed FreeCAD version....