[scribus] The never-ending quest for a stable version

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sun Jun 19 01:19:45 UTC 2011

On Saturday, June 18, 2011 08:04:30 pm Andrew Fountain wrote:
> Back in 2007, the next stable verision was going to be 1.3.6
> > 1.3.4 will not ever be a "stable" version. Soon, it will be superseded
> > by 1.3.5, which will also be considered developmental.
> > While as I understand it technically the next stable version beyond the
> > 1.3.3.x series will be 1.3.6, this will not be for some time. On a
> > practical level what is likely to happen is that with time we will see
> > most of the 1.3.5 bugs taken care of, more users report good results
> > with it, and the late 1.3.5cvs versions should be unofficially pretty
> > stable, yet not labeled as such. Then comes the announcement that the
> > developmental 1.3.5cvs has morphed like a butterfly into 1.3.6.
> > 
> > If you scan the Scribus Archives, you will see ample evidence against
> > using 1.3.4 for production work at this time.
> > 
> > Greg
> quoted from:
> http://lists.scribus.info/pipermail/scribus/2007-June/034459.html
> By 2010 it was 1.4 that we were waiting for
> > i don't think that the version number needs any explaination anymore.
> > 
> > it's an anomalous situation and, as soon as 1.4 will be out, everything
> > will be ok again.
> > 
> > what you need to know is:
> > 
> > - each scribus version get a number 1.x.y.
> > - if x is even it's a stable version
> > - if x is odd it's a development version
> > - y is a sequence of minor bug fixes (and small improvements)
> > 
> > on top of it:
> > - is a stable version (and is an exception).
> > - 1.3.8 and 1.3.9 are the unstable version which will lead -- as soon as
> > possible -- to the next stable version: 1.4.
> > 
> > - 1.5.x is where the development version
> > 
> > ...
> > 
> > hope that helps
> > a.l.e
> quoted from:
> http://lists.scribus.info/pipermail/scribus/2010-October/039647.html
> Now it appears that 1.4 will be yet another development version and 1.5
> will be the stable version. Or will it? Maybe by then we will be
> waiting for 1.6?
> Can someone clarify?
> --Andrew F.
ALE has it right. Reread his reply. Greg's reply was dated in 2007 and was 
correct for that time.

1.4.0 (note even middle number) will indeed be an officially stable version, 
drawn from the development of 1.35 through 1.39. It is stable enough for use 
now. In fact those who were experienced in Scribus have been using 1.3.5 et 
seq. for many moons now. 

1.5.0 is a development version (note odd middle number.) It has been available 
in svn form for many months. I use it now to convert to PDF X/1-a:2001. When 
it becomes officially stable it will be renamed 1.6.0 just as 1.3.9 was 
renamed as 1.4.0 RC1

I think this is explained on the web site. 

I download both 1.4.0 RC x and 1.5.0 overnight. I have found few show stoppers 
in either one. 

Apparently too many of the user community were still using all during 
the 1.3.5 through 1.3.9 development cycle. So not all the bugs were shaken out 
od 1.4.0 . Now they are being handled through the series of release candidates 
for 1.40. As of a few nights ago I was up to 1.4.0 RC 4 but I am compiling the 
latest now to see if the RC number has advanced in the svn version. In the 
meantime 1.4.0 RC4 is the latest listed opon the website. You can use it with 
confidence. It won't fry your work.   

I just finished compiling the latest (June 18) svn and yes it is RC 5. RC 
means release candidate. No features are being added but critical bugs are 
being smacked one by one. The developers of Scribus are very conservative so 
they still call this a developmental candidate. It is not yet listed on the 
website. But you can certainly use either RC 4 or RC 5 and feel pretty safe. 
When the developers are really really satisfied that 1.4.0 is ready for prime 
time they will take off the RC suffix and it will be officially stable.  I 
will begin using 1.4.0 RC5 tomorrow for my production work.  

John Culleton

"Death Wore Black" Police procedural: http://www.deathworeblack.com/

"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.scribus.net/pipermail/scribus/attachments/20110618/c5bb2d4f/attachment.html>

More information about the scribus mailing list