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BenRubinstein
2005-03-01, 12:41
I've finally got the hardware more or less sorted out: now, what version of
SlimServer should I install to get started with?

I think this means a choice between 5.4.0, which is the 'official' choice;
and a 5.4.1 'nightly'. It doesn't seem like I want to be on the 6.0
bleeding edge yet. What I want is the most stable, basically reliable
choice; I don't need the fanciest plug-ins etc (though in time I want to get
AlienBBC working). First task is just to get this working as 'better than
having all the CDs around' (local conditions mean that I have to do this as
straight swap, CD player becoming almost inaccesible, but replaced with SB)
and convince my technophobe spouse that I haven't bought some magic beans.
So whatever's least likely to reboot, dropout etc.

I've seen a comment somewhere on the list to suggest that the nightly builds
are under promoted, because (the 5.4.1 ones) are basically more stable than
their billing on the slim site would suggest. Would the list agree, or
would I better to go with the stock 5.4.0 for now, and stick there until
either I've gained greatly in confidence, or 6.0 is released as a public
version?

TIA,

Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866

Steve Baumgarten
2005-03-01, 13:00
> I think this means a choice between 5.4.0, which is the 'official' choice;
> and a 5.4.1 'nightly'.

I'm a bit disappointed that there's still no official 5.4.1 release. I
realize that the focus now is on 6.0, but for people who want a stable,
supported product, the 5.4.1 nightly branch contains a number of
important fixes -- yet until there is an official release, it will
remain something that only developers and/or members of this list will
be able to use.

After (rightly) discouraging the "use the latest nightly" approach to
problem solving in favor of "stable" and "development" branches, the
Slimdevices crew more than ever needs to promote that branch to
production on a regular basis so that end users will be able to benefit
from it.

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JJ
2005-03-01, 13:06
I think they should launch a couple more development branches, just to
give people more options. No work on 5.4.2 yet?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Baumgarten" <sbb (AT) panix (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 1:00 PM
Subject: [slim] Best slimserver version to start with?


>> I think this means a choice between 5.4.0, which is the 'official'
>> choice;
>> and a 5.4.1 'nightly'.
>
> I'm a bit disappointed that there's still no official 5.4.1 release. I
> realize that the focus now is on 6.0, but for people who want a stable,
> supported product, the 5.4.1 nightly branch contains a number of
> important fixes -- yet until there is an official release, it will
> remain something that only developers and/or members of this list will
> be able to use.
>
> After (rightly) discouraging the "use the latest nightly" approach to
> problem solving in favor of "stable" and "development" branches, the
> Slimdevices crew more than ever needs to promote that branch to
> production on a regular basis so that end users will be able to benefit
> from it.

kdf
2005-03-01, 13:26
Quoting JJ <jj (AT) zolx (DOT) com>:

> I think they should launch a couple more development branches, just to
> give people more options. No work on 5.4.2 yet?

I believe 5.4.1 is considered the end of the road. its stable, and most of the
bugs against it are fixed, or will be fixed as part of 6.0. I've heard no
mention os any 5.4.2 at any point. Given that 6.0 is now alpha, I'd expect
that there never will be a 5.4.2 If any critical bugs do come up as part of
5.4.1, they will still be fixed and put into the nightly builds.

-kdf

Jason Snell
2005-03-01, 18:25
I'd recomment 5.4.0, only because all my attempts to use 5.4.1 have
ended with great sadness and many server failures, while 5.4.0
soldiers on....
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