Re: NVDA Snapshot types

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Yes I have a portable running on Alpha, but I seem to recall that before the renaming you also allowed beta snaps to be put up much earlier, as five weeks sounds a short time for the great unwashed like myself to have enough experience of a running everyday version to find the more obscure things. I think the release record of the last version shows this to be true as there had to be many more iterations of the RC and finally a couple of updates to stable. If you look back when the beta length was longer you find fewer versions after a stable was issued.
In a way I think many programmers underestimate the time needed to fully test increasingly complex code.
I used to know a person whose first test of any software was to randomly do stuff on the keyboard and you would be surprised how often such an apparently random act would thro up a problem with the software crashing.

Just my opinion of 68 years on the planet.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Quentin Christensen" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2018 12:51 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA Snapshot types

Hi Brian,

Apologies if you've asked this before and I missed it :)

The new release process is that Alpha builds come out quite regularly,
every few days or sometimes several in a day, like the old "next" snapshots

The key point about Beta releases is: "

- Starting from 5 weeks before final release, tagged beta releases will
be published periodically, allowing the wider community to try out the
betas. At this stage code originally introduced through master will have
been tested for at least 2 weeks, thus the beta builds can be seen as beta

So, if you are interested in testing the latest "bleeding edge" code which
gets updated regularly, then you want the Alpha snapshots (with the usual
caveat that while they usually work fine, they may not be completely stable
or work in every situation - in which case please let us know, and also
keep a stable build handy).

If you want a more reliably stable experience but still want to test out
new features before the masses, Beta should have you covered for that and
you'll start to get those about 5 weeks before a new release is due (the
last beta cycle was longer, being the first time we'd changed to that

All the snapshots are available from the snapshots page at:

If you'd like to read the release process in full, you can find it here:

Kind regards


On Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 5:54 AM Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
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I know I asked a similar question before, but looking at the email list
different snap releases I see alpha and beta, yet on the snapshot web site
it seems only alpha have updated, the beta is showing rc versions of the
last stable release. Am I missing something here, or are betas not
on the site?
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