Release File Status
The status we associate with a release file is intended to help you
decide if it is right for you. We use the following definitions.
- Alpha - A file not ready for beta testing. This normally
means developers are still verifying the upload to SourceForge.net.
- Beta - A file released for beta testing.
Anyone may be a beta tester simply by downloading a beta file, trying
it out, and turning in bug reports.
Select this version if you are interested in testing the latest
features. Obviously, you should not select a beta release for a critical
- Reject - A former beta release found to be defective.
The release notes on this site are updated to explain the reason for
- Best - The best available release for a given platform. A
file will go from beta to best if it survives the beta test period and is,
in our judgement, based on tester feedback, "better" than the previous best.
This is the recommended release for normal users.
- Good - A former best release from which one need not hurry to upgrade, unless you are in need of new features or bug fixes provided by
the current best release.
- Obsolete - A former best release that is no longer recommended because it lags far behind the current best. If you are using an
obselete release, we recommend upgrading to a current good or best release.
- Recall - A former best release that is discovered to have a significant defect, such
as a security vulnerability.
If you are using a recalled release, you should upgrade to a good
or best release as quickly as your change control process allows.
Rejected, recalled and obselete release files will remain on our
download list until
all files for the version (major.minor) fall into one of
these states and at least two newer versions are available.
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