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SubjectRe: The naming wars continue...
On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 05:32:16PM -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Linus Torvalds wrote:
[snip]
> >Which is just another reason why the name itself is not that meaningful.
> >It can never carry the kind of information that people seem to _expect_ it
> >to carry.
>
> I wasn't going to reply to this since it's your call and I've had my
> say, but since several others have, let me throw out one more idea on
> the off chance you like it:
>
> Stop doing the pre's on the next version! After 2.6.10 comes 2.6.10.1
> etc, which everyone can see are incremental changes to 2.6.10, and when
> you really mean it, then put out 2.6.11-rc1.
>
> Did that strike a nerve?

2.6.10.1, etc. suggests important bug fixes for 2.6.10, *not* prereleases
of 2.6.11. But... perhaps (with sufficient warning) the even/odd principle
could be applied to the third number. So, this would happen:

2.6.even = release
2.6.even.x = release, with added bug/security fixes
2.6.odd = first (zeroth?) -pre/-rc release
2.6.odd.x = additional -pre/-rc releases

A more concrete example:
2.6.11-rc1, 2.6.11-rc2, 2.6.11-rc3, 2.6.11, 2.6.12-rc1, 2.6.12-rc2, 2.6.12
would become:
2.6.11, 2.6.11.1, 2.6.11.2, 2.6.12, 2.6.13, 2.6.13.1, 2.6.14

How does this sound? (It just occurred to me that this might break
scripts, but it may be worth discussing anyway.)

-Barry K. Nathan <barryn@pobox.com>

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