0.700 from the users’ point-of-view

Want your System Stability Index to fall? Then start using DC++ 0.700 :)

First.. What System Stability Index (SSI) is?

Windows Vista includes a great tool called Reliability and Performance Monitor. This collects data and creates reports about your system. Also, it has a so-called System Stability Index which is a number between 1 and 10 to show your system stability. This index is based on software and hardware failures occurs during the run of the operating system.

How DC++ comes to SSI?

When DC++ 0.700 released, I thought I was going to test it then write some blog posts on some sites about it, but lately I discovered Reliability and Performance Monitor and I thought this was going to tell everything about the stability of release.

Just check this graph:

Reliability and Performance Monitor

The highlighted date (10. 11. 2007.) is the day I tested DC++ 0.700 for 20 minutes.


I know most bugs are discovered when a lot of users testing the software, but it has so many that it’s even unusable for using it as a secondary, testing client and they could be discovered by trying it out by a very small group of users (rather developers/testers).

I also know that this post may irritate some other people, but I think when releasing a software, we must ensure a minimal usability, since something which is called a “release” is intended for the users, not for testers.

2 Responses to 0.700 from the users’ point-of-view

  1. pietry says:

    This isn;t really a “release”, its just a preview since its marked “unstable”. Its purpose is to familiarize people with new versions and exactly what you said, to be tested and people to send bug reports or even patches.

  2. shadowlmd says:

    This is how 0.701 looks on my Windows 2000 SP4:

    It has serious problems with resizing and window maximizing/minimizing.

    Another problem – middle mouse click has no effect on tabs anymore.

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