Understanding Opera minor desktop releases
Monday, March 26, 2012 12:32:34 PM
Minor releases are not about fixing all known issues. Our goal is for each minor release to be better overall than the previous stable release. Minor releases typically address some of the major issues that were present in the previous stable build. Additionally we often throw in a few minor fixes, where the fix is trivial and/or low risk (so has a very small chance of introducing some other problem). Further known bugs will be addressed in a future release, either another minor release or a major release.
In summary, as long as the latest 11.62 release candidate is a better browser overall than 11.61, it has reached its goal and does not need to be held back.
P.S. Related to this some Opera Next users have suggested we focus only on 12.00. However, they should remember that 12.00 is still a fair way off and the overwhelming majority of our user base does not touch snapshots. Our regular (non-snapshot) users want (or need) the fixes that we have packaged for 11.62 now. Why should they wait to satisfy snapshot-only users, who are in the minority?