Subject: Re: Versions
To: Eric Delcamp <>
From: Alex <xela@MIT.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 04/02/2000 09:22:37
alpha and beta are generally used to indicate *pre*-releases of
given version --- that's true of software in general, not just
NetBSD.  In this particular case, NetBSD_1.4.2_ALPHA was the
first pre-release of NetBSD 1.4.2.  NetBSD releases (as opposed
to snapshots, which generally contain more untested code) always
take the form "n.n" or "n.n.n" (where "n" is [0-9]).  I don't
believe core has ever felt it necessary to release a patch
release to a minor release, but if they did I suspect it would
take the form "n.n.n.n" rather than using letters of the alphabet
to distinguish it.


> Hi !
> Stupid question, but is  before or after NetBSD_1.4.2 ?
> If think that after the release of 1.4.2, the name continue with 1.4.2A,
> etc...
> Thanks.
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