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There's no strong reason to believe that the alpha releases have any worse security than other releases in the general case - the vast majority of security issues we've had to deal with are discovered months or years after they vulnerable versions first shipped, and so apply equally to stable.

I don't think users should have entire deployments of the alpha releases, but I do think that one of the strengths of distributed computing is that you can run a subset of your deployment on alpha without worrying that bugs are going to take down your entire deployment. That makes it much easier for you to have confidence that new stable releases won't break things for you, which means you can adopt stable releases more quickly and avoid the security risks inherent in running older versions of software.

For that to be possible you have to be confident that we're not shipping alpha releases with gaping security issues, and so it is a big deal when we fail in that respect.

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