Re: NVDA 2020.4 Beta 1 now available


 

Hi,

This is one of the reasons for using betas as portable copies. Although you won’t be able to test everything, it should give you a feel as to what’s new and changed (and a few months from now, add-ons that must be updated).

Cheers,

Joseph

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dan Miner via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 9:52 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA 2020.4 Beta 1 now available

 

I’m on the side of parallel install for the beta line.  I’ve done it both ways over my career as software a developer and yes there is a bit more complexity with the release management side of it… but it is safer for users and potentially easier to switch back and forth if provisioned for in the project.  Saying that, I see the complexity of that with the logon screen support and roaming settings stuff.

 

I've not participated in trying a beta as I thought this was the case and I just don't want to crater my box.  *grin*

 

    Dan

 

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen

Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 2:45 PM

To: nvda@nvda.groups.io

Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA 2020.4 Beta 1 now available

 

Jim,

 

Interesting point.  The way it works currently is that:

- We regularly release Alpha snapshots every few days or sometimes several times a day, regardless of where else we are in the release cycle

- Three or four weeks before a release, we release a beta version.  If any bugs are found, we release a second (or third etc) beta.  This time around, the beta will have a little longer so we didn't either rush things to push a release before Christmas, or leave it entirely until next year.

- A week or so before the release, we put out a "Release Candidate" (RC) build.  Again, if any issues are found, we go to RC2, RC3 etc.

- Once all the big bugs have been ironed out (or pulled), we put out the final version.

 

The Beta and RC versions are set by default to prompt to update as new beta or RC builds, or the final stable version comes out.  If we were to have the beta install in a separate place, then it would make that sequence more complex.  And it would also be one more thing to change at some point (when we move to the RC?  Or only when we move to the stable version?) - and of course, any change is an opportunity to break something.

 

That's my thoughts off the top of my head, but it's an idea I'm happy to take more thoughts on.

 

Quentin.

 

On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 10:20 AM Jim Pipczak <jim.pipczak@...> wrote:

Hi all,

 

I believe that the beta should be installed into its own directory and not overwrite the existing full version. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Jim

 

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen

Sent: Thursday, 17 December 2020 9:14 AM

To: nvda@nvda.groups.io

Subject: [nvda] NVDA 2020.4 Beta 1 now available

 

Hi everyone,

 

Lazily copying my tweet - so you get everything in one sentence: NVDA 2020.4Beta1 is now available for testing, including  new Chinese Input methods, an update to Liblouis, the elements list now works in focus mode, context sensitive help pressing F1 in NVDA dialogs & heaps more!

 

Read more and download from: https://www.nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2020-4beta1/

 

As usual, please do report any issues on GitHub.

 

Kind regards

 

Quentin.

 

 

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