If you tried 7.4.2 and lost your balance/downloads, please look at https://github.com/Tribler/tribler/wiki/Getting-back-your-Tribler-state-dir-after-update-to-7.4.2 for the explanation on what happened and how to fix it.
If you did something like 7.4.1->7.4.2->7.4.3 you will still have no balance and have to apply the manual fix described on the wiki. One could say that 7.4.2 “infected” the state dir. To fix the problem, you have to clean it up manually. Introducing an automated fix for that would overcomplicate the upgrade process and attract even more bugs in the future. Also, only about 100 people downloaded the 7.4.2 before we took it down after the reports. Basically, users who reported the problem saved everyone else.
Regarding our recent release quality, remind that Tribler is a non-commercial software funded by academic grants. At the moment, the Tribler team includes only a couple of full-time professional developers that are busy refactoring the codebase that is 14 years of experimental stuff written mostly by students and PhDs. So, we have to prioritize…
Recently, we got a big grant so we hope to hire more professional full-time developers this year. However, this takes time. Talent is hard to find and we can’t offer people the same level of salary as e.g. Google or Facebook.
Nonetheless, we’re dedicated to the ideas of privacy and free information exchange. Stay tuned, and again, thanks for timely reports. These days we have to rely on our users’ community more than ever.