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----- Original Message -----
From: "Roberto Ierusalimschy" <>
| > how can you throw such a big change into a beta version? [...]  Why not
| > put it off for the "working release" of the next version?
| I thought that was the reason for beta versions (at least for Lua beta
| versions): to try out (test) new ideas. Usually we do not have "working
| releases" but alpha and beta versions. Sorry about that.

I like to think of alpha versions as feature complete (but may contain bugs and
new features almost ironed out), Beta versions as feature and code complete (and
new features finished after being tested by users) and final as what you
distribute (no bugs and everyone happy with features).

Any versions with new features should have a different version number IMHO.
Alpha and beta refer to the state that the code is in, not the features.