Subject Re: RE: [Firebird-general] Updating FB2.1.2 download
Author Mark Rotteveel
> I have the snapshot, and it solves the problem. It just seemed a bit
> weird to us that the only way we can have a stable version of FB is to
> use what, (cf Helen's reply), is an untested, and therefore potentially
> unstable, snapshot build, which was loaded to the website only 7 days
> after the official release.
> So from our point of view, the official, stable release is unstable.
> And the unofficial, unstable release is stable. I thought someone might
> want to do something about this.

I think you have the wrong impression of what the term 'stable' means. 'Stable' indicates that there will be no more changes to a version and that the testing has formally been completed. Version 2.1.3 is not stable yet because 1) there could be code-changes to bug-fixes or new bug-fixes and 2) testing has not been formally completed. On the other hand, version 2.1.2 will not be changed (under that version number) and testing has formally been completed, therefor it is considered 'stable'.

So if you want to have a fix for the bug you are experiencing in the 2.1.2 stable, you will need to use a 2.1.3 snapshot which by definition is unstable.

As there will always be software bugs, even in tested versions of software, the word 'stable' does not indicate that a program is bug-free. Software is NEVER bug free (except for small programs).

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