Can't Do F*** ?
CloudBees has launched the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), which will operate under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. Just like what the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) does for containers, microservices and orchestration, CDF is all about continuous delivery in the open-source world. The group will house a …
> Can't Do F*** ?
I would go with "Can't Do F***all", personally.
I especially like this bit:
> And as for as that other bogeyman of CI/CD platforms – long-term support – the CDF is pondering it. "It's a good question; we haven't thought of a good answer yet," Strachan conceded.
That is not a good answer. Projects must be supportable in the long term. Companies (specifically those for who tech is not their main job/income) see software as a tool. The tool should do what it was specified to do, and do it well, and consistently over the software's usable life.
Companies don't have the resources to deal with constantly changing software, they may not have full, unrestricted access to the internet for upstream "rolling update" systems. They don't necessarily want the tool they are using to suddenly stop working because some change made upstream passed upstream "CI/CD" unit tests, was pushed as a rolling update, and then broke on some internally unique situation in the company, requiring the company to divert resources from the core business to debug and patch third party software (I have had this happen far too many times).
I remember when Google et al used to mark thing "beta" and make end users "beta testers" for free. Now CI/CD is just another way of getting the end users to act as an alpha quality QA/debugging team.
Companies less and less want this kind of software, they want to have control over software updates, patches, etc... but software providers want it more and more, because it outsources their testing and QA, much cheaper, and allows them to maintain control over the software they wrote after selling it, including to force updates if they want.
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