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NewsForge: The Myth of Stability

Nov 14, 2004, 15:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

" Many computer cognoscenti scoff at new software and hardware because it's 'not stable yet' or because 'the bugs have not been worked out of it.' They often use this as an excuse not to buy computer upgrades or install software updates. But what does stability mean in the IT industry, and does waiting to buy or upgrade really ensure a greater degree of reliability?

"Obviously products that are listed as being in beta or in any stage of debug testing can't really be trusted in production environments without your own testing procedures in place. But for most other products that have seen an official release, waiting weeks or months to buy or use them will not give you any advantage over being the first kid on your block to have them. In fact, you might end up worse off if you wait too long..."

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