One-year aniversary, and no technical barrier to 1.0 release
Eric S. Raymond
esr at thyrsus.com
Thu Jun 2 18:42:55 UTC 2016
Today is the one-year anniversary of our fork from NTP Classic.
After considering our recent performance with respect to CVEs avoided
and evaded, and the fact that we seem to have found and resolved Hal's
mystery core dump in ntpq, I report to our project manager that in my
judgment as tech lead no barrier now exists to a 1.0 release.
I've looked over our issues list and everything is minor. We have
many months of stable, trouble-free operation at multiple test
sites to look back on, and an almost unnatural lack of crises in our
development history. Recently we have been *dramatically*
successful on the security front. Evading 12 out of the last 16 CVEs
while incurring not a one of our own is a pretty big deal.
It's a damn shame I haven't been able to deliver TESTFRAME yet, but that
is looking sufficiently difficult that we probably shouldn't hold 1.0
on it lest we be stuck in perpetual beta.
That said, I am not in a hurry about this. My intent is not to push for
a 1.0 release but to free your hand in deciding the timing. I find myself
in the happy position of having higher confidence in the codebase than
I expected to 12 months in.
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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