Missing one important bit here - Mandrake is a company out to make
money. Another benefit of releasing betas of their software is the
exposure they get (both good and bad) in the press and community. The
more people know about them the better!
To a certain extent this drives demand for the final product too.
PS. subscribe your address to the list - I have to keep OKing your
Oleg Rasskazov wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> But is case of open source development of the most of the software is done
> not by the company that makes distribution, but by the independant groups of
> people. Thus the only thing that you are really testing for bugs is the set
> of scripts that assists the installation process. But when you have hundreds
> of distros, beta testing of same type of scripts but from different vendors
> just distracts people from testing real programs - like KDE. The point here
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