Win32 downloads for 2.7.0

Ethan Blanton elb at
Thu May 13 11:51:01 EDT 2010

(Snipping translators because this thread is irrelevant there.)

David Balazic spake unto us the following wisdom:
> Well, then you could have sent an email, before doing the release:
> Hi!
> At http://some.server/pidgin-2.7.0-rc.exe you can get the release
> candidate
> for Pidgin 2.7.0-win32. If anyone has time, please test it.
> Profit!

Sort of, but not really.

First of all, we did float the release candidate to a small number of
responsible people.  It just turns out that "responsible people" and
"windows users" are sets with a very narrow intersection, I guess.  No
surprise there.

Second, this release contained a security-critical fix (see, so floating a binary to the general
public prior to embargo date would be bad form.

Yes, there are various ways to mitigate that (release a binary without
the security fix, release the binary without a changelog announcing
the security fix, etc. etc.), but they all take time and effort, and
many of them introduce the possibility for bugs to *still* creep
through and/or require a developer with a Windows machine on which to
build and test anyway.

We all agree that testing would have been useful here -- what's not
useful is the sarcastic remark to that effect, particularly without
any clue as to how it happened or what the circumstances were.


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for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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