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..."