Subject: Re: NetBSD version naming - suggestion
To: None <>
From: Jeff Rizzo <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/23/2003 12:45:28
On Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 08:27:17PM +0300, Arto Huusko wrote:

> And while I'm here, I could just as well say my opinion on this: I think
> bumbing -current's version to "just_released + 1" is a good idea. So,
> we'd be now at 1.7R. And I don't think it's a problem if it is not known
> beforehand what the actual release will be called. If there won't be
> 1.7, fine. 1.7ZZZA just becomes 2.0 then (and -current 2.1A).

I have to say, though this would confuse _me_ at first, because
I'm used to the existing scheme, I'm sure it would make much more
sense to new users.  I know it's been discussed before and didn't
receive such a great reception, I think it would do a lot
to alleviate the "what do you mean 1.6.1 isn't an upgrade
from 1.6Q?" factor.

In my mind it fits in well with an "alpha-testing" philosophy -
snapshots off the trunk are still in development, so it's an "alpha"
(or A,B,ZA, or what have you) of the next release.

If this were to happen, I'd suggest that the best time to do
it is after the next major release (2.0) - once the 2.0 branch
is cut, change the version to 2.1A.  Or, go even further (which
most likely has other problems, since I haven't actually thought
it out), and make it 2.1A1, followed by 2.1A2, etc.  (the "second
alpha release of 2.1")

Just a thought,

Jeff Rizzo