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SubjectRe: Release Policy [was: Linux 2.4.16 ]
On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 10:31:41AM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Consistency is a Very Good Thing[TM] (says the one who tries to teach
> scripts to understand the naming.) The advantage with the -rc naming is
> that it avoids the -pre5, -pre6, -pre-final, -pre-final-really,
> -pre-final-really-i-mean-it-this-time phenomenon when the release
> candidate wasn't quite worthy, you just go -rc1, -rc2, -rc3. There is no
> shame in needing more than one release candidate.

Why not just disguard this sillyness of alphabetic characters in version
numbers... Just carry through the same structure used by major/minor:

2.0.39 < released 2.0.39 < first development snapshot of the kernel which will eventually
be 2.0.40 < second < Nth < first RC < second RC < opps! Development went too long and we had to break feature
freeze to add important features. < Trying to stablize again < a few more bugs fixxed
2.0.40 < Looks like got it right!
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