[Dev] Milestone numbering going forward
twl at osafoundation.org
Thu Dec 1 11:17:05 PST 2005
On Dec 1, 2005, at 10:08 AM, Grant Baillie wrote:
> (Trimming CC:s)
> I concur vociferously with PJE & Katie.
> +1 to calling the trunk 0.7M, 0.7dev, 0.7alpha, or 0.7a. (In order
> of preference; while "alpha" has a cool retro 50's sci-fi ring to
> it, for the most part I tend to associate it with "buggy and slow").
> FWIW, that's how the projects I've worked on in the past have
> labelled releases. E.g. "trunk" OS builds at Apple call themselves
> 10.5 (+ an internal build identifier), and 10.4.x software updates
> and security patches are done off a branch from 10.4. (Cynics might
> observe that the thing Apple will call "10.5" would more accurately
> be labelled something like "10.5dev.250" or "10.5b1" :).
> On Dec 1, 2005, at 7:58 , Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>> It sounds to me from this discussion that it's not a question of
>> forward *or* backward, but forward *and* backward numbering. If
>> we release a new version of an old branch, that's a postrelease
>> tag on the old version number. If we release an in-development
>> milestone of a future version, that's a prerelease tag. Whether
>> these are done from the trunk or a branch makes relatively little
>> difference, as does whether we use 0.7dev.m1 or 0.7a1 to designate
>> a prerelease milestone of 0.7.
>> I personally find the scheme we've been using to be odd, because
>> it doesn't reflect our *goals*. In my view, we've been working on
>> early (i.e. pre-release) versions of 0.6, and now we'll be working
>> on pre-releases of 0.7 until we're ready to release 0.7. I don't
>> actually know what is meant in this discussion by "forward" or
>> "backward" versioning, because those terms don't make sense to me
>> either. The numbers don't go forward or backward, we are simply
>> issuing either pre-releases or post-releases. What we *have* been
>> doing is giving post-release version numbers for our pre-release
>> versions. We should simply be clear about the difference between
>> the two.
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