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[Microsoft, Netscape] Interim software used
internally for testing. "To eat one's own dogfood" (from which
the slang noun derives) means to use the software one is
developing, as part of one's everyday development environment (the
phrase is used outside Microsoft and Netscape). The practice is
normal in the Linux community and elsewhere, but the term
`dogfood' is seldom used as open-source betas tend to be quite
tasty and nourishing. The idea is that developers who are using
their own software will quickly learn what's missing or broken.
Dogfood is typically not even of beta quality.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.