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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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