ZOOM Production Releases page

ZOOM Production Releases

This page was last updated on July 23, 2001.

ZOOM `Production' Packages

As ZOOM packages become mature, it becomes inappropiate to consider them as `beta' versions.

When a package reaches the stage where

we declare that package to be `production' and on longer beta.

The implication is that by sampling the support requirements for a production package over some period of time, we can judge the ongoing support requirements.

And, of course, there can be some measure of increased confidence on the part of users, that most bugs have been shaken out and that the package will be stable.

What is done differently for a `production' package

When a packages becomes production, that does not imply that we will decrease bug fix responses, curtail enhancements, cease porting to necessary new platforms, or stop providing assistance for physicists to make best use of the package.

It does imply that for a production package we will:

Three new files are maintained for such packages: