[wp-hackers] 120-day release cycle - version numbering
wp-hackers at plumlee.org
Mon Oct 2 20:56:18 GMT 2006
Another thought about this. If the developers do commit to a 120 day
release cycle, then should the version numbering become consistent? IE,
we should now see 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc etc. If I remember right (aha, see
http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_1.6), 1.6 was skipped because the
changes were so major between 1.5 and 2.0 that a new major version
number was wanted.
OpenBSD (just picking one I'm familiar with) rolls out 2 releases a
year. May and November, and the version number goes up by .1 each time.
Doesn't matter what the changes, it's always a .1 increase. This way,
it's very clear what's the latest version, what the previous was, and
what the upgrade path is. And releases are not longer supported after 2
new versions (when 4.0 comes out, 3.7 is deprecated).
From a (shudder) marketing standpoint, it may not be as sexy to only go
from 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3. Most commercial software seems to like jumping
up versions to give the feel that more has been done, from what I can tell.
The Linux kernel used to use something like an even number for a stable
release, and an odd for the development release. So you got slightly
faster numbering, but still consistency as to releases.
Just my two cents as 5 PM approaches.
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