_____/ On Thu 12 Jan 2006 23:53:14 GMT, [Owen Winkler] wrote : \_____
Achton N. Netherclift wrote:
[...] but why exclude folks who don't know what a tarball is? Does
it really take that much longer to create a zipfile as well as a
tarball? If wordpress was only aimed at sysadmins or other console
jockeys, then I could see not having the zips, but as it stands,
I used to feel the same way, but... [see below]
I think it's been said before, but I'll just repeat for good
measure. This is regarding the *nightlies/alphas*, not the actual
WP-releases. As such, IMHO, if you deem yourself experienced (and
adventurous) enough to use the nightlies, you should be able to
figure out a solution for this problem without asking the WP devs to
supply us with more bandwidth, diskspace, etc.
I wrote this elsewhere, earlier:
It is a bad idea to restrict nightlies based on someone's knowledge
of extracting files from archives.
Fundamentally, you do not need to know how to extract archives to do
anything with WordPress other than access the files for installation.
(Release versions are available in zip format too, after all.)
Knowing how to extract an archive also does not guarantee any
inherent knowledge that would be helpful for testing or coding
In fact, such a barrier may limit the kinds of users that might be
useful to have test WordPress. Willing users who are competent
enough to upload files to their servers and provide bug reports are
valuable. Using archive types that provide those users with a lower
barrier of entry is a good thing.
If you want to prevent casual users from using nightlies, a better
barrier would be to allow download of nightlies only by users who are
logged into Trac. At least then they would know where to file a bug
report, which is a prerequisite for using a nightly for testing.
A good point is made here since users sometimes come to the forums/lists,
then ask questions rather than report bugs they are experiencing with betas
and nightlies. Some are very fundamental questions.