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SubjectRe: The naming wars continue...
On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Linus Torvalds wrote:

>
> Ok,
> Linux-2.6.10-rc1 is out there for your pleasure.
>
> I thought long and hard about the name of this release (*), since one of
> the main complaints about 2.6.9 was the apparently release naming scheme.
>
> Should it be "-rc1"? Or "-pre1" to show it's not really considered release
> quality yet? Or should I make like a rocket scientist, and count _down_
> instead of up? Should I make names based on which day of the week the
> release happened? Questions, questions..
>
> And the fact is, I can't see the point. I'll just call it all "-rcX",
> because I (very obviously) have no clue where the cut-over-point from
> "pre" to "rc" is, or (even more painfully obviously) where it will become
> the final next release.
>
> So to not overtax my poor brain, I'll just call them all -rc releases, and
> hope that developers see them as a sign that there's been stuff merged,
> and we should start calming down and seeing to the merged patches being
> stable soon enough..
[...]
>
> Oh, and the _real_ name did actually change. It's not Zonked Quokka any
> more, that's so yesterday. Today we're Woozy Numbat! Get your order in!
>
> Linus
>
> (*) In other words, I had a beer and watched TV. Mmm... Donuts.

So change the naming to something like that:

linux-x.y.z.p

where

x = 2,
y = 6,
z = 1, 3, 5, ... => unstable - something like -rc or -rc-bk
z = 0, 2, 4, ... => stable
p - optional as with 2.6.8.1 - added to stable release when you need to
correct some very stupid and very important bug,
added to unstable release - meaning new snapshot


So there will be:
2.6.10 (possibly 2.6.10.1, ... if 2.6.10 will be broken)
2.6.11.0
2.6.11.1
2.6.11.2
...
2.6.12
...


In this scheme you can not mark that you are going to release "stable"
version quickly, but I do not think we need it. Or if you feel it is
needed then start numbering p from 90, 91, ... 100, 101, ... for really
near to stable -rcs.


Grzegorz Kulewski

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