R-alpha: lbeta, .. etc

Ross & ihaka@stat.auckland.ac.nz
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 09:55:08 +1200 (NZST)

Kurt Hornik writes:
 > Actually, I must have missed that patch, too.  I'll rebuild my Debian
 > packages right away ...
 > Re official versus non-official patches.  What I could do is put all
 > patches that were posted on r-devel and look reasonable into CRAN (e.g.,
 > src/patches).  However, R&R will probably not be too happy about the
 > existence of unofficial patches ...

[ With great effort, raises self from death-bed ... ]

I have a heap of stuff "ready to go".  It has been for several weeks,
but various disasters have intervened.  I hope to have a new version
out on monday.  Luke Tierney is visiting for a bit after that and so
there will be other priorities ...

I would like to start a discussion on widening the group of people who
can commit changes to R and create new releases (although maybe new
releases are a one-man job).  At present, the "core group" (those who
can commit changes to the CVS tree) consists of Robert, Martin
Maechler and Myself.  I think it would be feasible to enlarge this
group to perhaps 6 or 7.

At the same time we could open up  the update process so that any
can choose to be on the "bleeding edge".  This is the mechanism which
is used in FreeBSD development, and I think it has proved a good
model.  The necessary software (cvsup) is also pretty readily available.

For those who want stability, there is a twice yearly "stable"
release, and for those who want to suffer, they can have it as
"up-to-date" as they can stand by grabbing the current cvs archive.

Any thoughts?
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