HP made MPE beta test opportunities easier to find
HP is introducing a new section on its Jazz Web site which
lists available MPE/iX beta test patches. The site lists all
available BT patches for releases 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5, and is updated
daily. The new
section at identifies the patches, which are have been tested
inside HP, at a minimum, but are not yet ready for General Release
(GR). HP will not move patches from beta test to GR status until they
have been tested at one or more customer sites. Patches available
for public downloads from the HP IT Resource Center, for example, are
The Jazz listings dont provide customers any links
to download the beta test software. HPs procedures require that
customers be on HP support to receive beta test patches, in part to
provide a means to report on the testings.
HP said it developed the Web site was developed in
response to discussions held at the HP World 2004 SIGMPE meeting.
By publishing the list of BT patches, we hope customers will
volunteer to become a Beta Test site for one or more patches,
said HPs Jeff Vance. HP 3000 customers have become reluctant to
beta test MPE patches, hoping to keep changes to their systems to a
minimum and ensure reliability.
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