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From: "Gerald Henriksen" <ghenriks(a)rogers.com>
One of the issues delaying beta 2 is the move to include Gnome 2.4,
with the last of the Gnome 2.4 beta packages only just now finally be
released into the severn update channel I believe.
Unlike what some have suggested, the quality of a released beta is not trivial.
There's an expectation that a later beta of a product will be in "better
shape." Unfortunately, that's not fair, given the desire to
incorporate packages such as the newest GNOME. So Red Hat has additional work to do.
If Red Hat were to release a later beta that was in noticably worse shape, I'm sure
we'd see a lot of critical media on the topic.
As the market leader, Red Hat is held to a higher standard.
Any loss of face with respect to a short slide in the beta schedule is nothing - when
compared to the chicken little statements we'd
hear if the next Severn beta were before it's ready.