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Re: 0.35 => Beta => 1.0 schedule

From: Colin Watson <cjwatson_at_flatline.org.uk>
Date: 2003-12-05 17:46:46 CET

On Thu, Dec 04, 2003 at 08:56:16PM -0500, Greg Hudson wrote:
> In my opinion? 1.1.beta1, 1.1.beta2, etc. When the beta period is done
> and the release is ready to unleash upon the unwashed masses, you
> release 1.1.0, and when you discover the horrible security hole in 1.1.0
> that you need to patch, you release 1.1.1. (This is compatible with
> RPM, incidentally. 1.1.beta1 is less than 1.1.0 is less than 1.1.1.)

It's not compatible with dpkg, though:

  $ dpkg --compare-versions 1.1.beta1 lt 1.1.0
  $ echo $?

Textual/beta-style version numbers are a bit of a headache to make
portable across packaging systems, so I tend to feel they're best
avoided where possible.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]
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