[scribus] The never-ending quest for a stable version
john at wexfordpress.com
Sun Jun 19 13:33:33 UTC 2011
On Saturday, June 18, 2011 09:41:46 pm Gregory Pittman wrote:
> Technically, right now 18.104.22.168 is stable, 1.40rc5 unstable, 1.5.0
> We are on the verge of squashing a few last bugs so that 1.4.0 can
> become the stable version. Then it seems that 1.5.0 will be a
> combination of unstable/developmental. When 1.5.x becomes good enough,
> it will become the next stable 1.6. Who knows when the future 1.7.0
> might be started...
> You can expect that after 1.4.0 becomes the stable version that there
> will be releases of 1.4.x as various additional bugs are fixed, but
> since it's a stable version no new features will be added. Bug fixing
> stopped on 22.214.171.124 some time ago.
It is my suggestion (again) that all users of Scribus use the latest available
release candidate of 1.4.0. The chances of a damaging bug screwing up your
work are quite small. I have on my desk the most recent authoritative book on
Scribus and it is titled "Scribus 1.3.5". A somewhat less useful book titled
"Using Free Scribus..." suggests using 1.3.8, presumably the latest version
available when the book was written. No one writes about 126.96.36.199 any more
Thus there is IMO no reason to use version 188.8.131.52, despite the title of
"stable". It is not only stable, it is quite obsolete.
Periodically we get questions on the list about 184.108.40.206. It is years out of
date. No one is working on it. I suspect that few experienced Scribus users
still have it on their computer. Questions about that version will likely get
less response than questions about 1.3.5-1.4.0, and in that series 1.4.0 is
closer to bug-free than its predecessors.
Only one piece of application software that I know of has been proven correct,
and that is the original plain tex version of TeX. But few use it anymore. The
modernizations found in e.g. pdftex, luatex, xetex, Context etc. and their
LaTeX counterparts quite outweigh the the theoretical advantages of perfect
correctness. The same situation exists in Scribus. In Scribus-talk "unstable"
often means the latest useful version. "Developmental" Scribus is the bleeding
edge where problems crop up from time to time as new concepts are tested. But
even this product is usable most of the time.
Bottom line, use 1.4.0 RC whatever and don't worry about it. That's what I do.
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