Please visit the list archives to catch up on this discussion, and
in particular, see:
I don't recall seeing that particular message (it certainly wasn't a
long thread!), but *I* find the lack of communication around our release
plans confusing, and I'm supposed to be co-ordinating the 21.1 series!
I've been assuming that 21.0 was not yet official, because:
- the Splash screen still has a big red "BETA VERSION" stamped
- --enable-debugging is still on by default
- we still need a mini-how-to which says how to build from the
minimal package set (or from SUMO). I would assume this would
go along with whatever official announcement goes out to
comp.emacs.xemacs (or did I miss that, too).
- has there been a 21.1 branch created in the CVS archive? was
there an announcement of that to xemacs-beta?
Granted that the packaging system is still immature, but I think 21.0
is stable enough to merit binary kits, so I disagree with what Jason
One way to think of the binary-kits is as a "go-ahead" from
the user-base to switch to a particular release. Building good
binary-kits takes time and patience and I think they should be made
available only for rock-solid releases (such as 20.4). For releases
in between there is always the source code for the more experienced
users. For example, in between 21.0 and 21.1 we will have the
chance to see how most people actually use the package system which
will allow us to choose a better default for the binary-kits. I
anticipate a full line of binary-kits for 21.1.
I believe the last communication I got from Steve (about 2 weeks ago)
said 'please stand by', so I've been doing that. I'm hoping for some
further discussion and clarification.