Subject: Re: NetBSD version naming - suggestion
To: M L Riechers <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/26/2003 09:35:57

I've been more or less following this thread and thought that I'd say a
brief word or few:

 * The confusion about -current will probably always be there as long
   as people mistakenly say "Yeah, <x> is supported in NetBSD," when
   they actually mean, "<x> more or less works in an experimental body
   of code and will hopefully see light of day in a future release."

   IMHO, this results in a culture where -current is seen as almost a
   release, and then you have to deal with all of those people who
   come along...

 * I can imagine people continuing to confuse matters no matter how
   you number it.  As has been stated, the fundamental problem seems
   to be not grasp the concept of branches.  Making explicitly-comparable
   numbers may only further complicate this, not alleviate it.

IMHO, the system is not itself broken.  I'm not sure that anything needs
to be done, but if I were to make one suggestion it would be to simply
encourage people who should know the difference to stop giving tacit
conflation between releases and -current.  Giving -current a release-like
version number will go the other way.

  "I probably don't know what I'm talking about."