[theora] Ready for real use?

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Sat Sep 2 03:51:36 PDT 2006

Just passing through, evaluating Theora for possible use on Wikipedia. 
The alpha version number is indeed a put-off. Alpha doesn't mean there's 
features left you want to implement, that will always be the case, in 
all release versions. There's always room for improvement. Alpha means 
some significant part of the core functionality is broken or missing. 
One could argue that none of Theora's versions were truly alpha 
versions, since they were packaged up and released to the public. Once 
you release it to the public, it's a beta.

I would very much like to see a better spin on Theora's stability, be it 
1.0.0, 0.1.0, 1.0.beta1 or 1.0.RC1. "Alpha" implies that the developers 
do not want the public to use it, which is evidently not the case. You 
can leave the extra features for 1.1 or 2.0.

-- Tim Starling

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