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Re: Version numbering for release DECISION!

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 16:25:39 +0800

Rahul Siddharthan wrote:

-CURRENT Will indicate a build based on the head of the CVS tree.

Can we use EXPERIMENTAL instead of CURRENT? Semantically, it's more clear.

No it isn't... "experimental" suggests something untested that may or
may not be retained in future. I think most commits to CURRENT are already tested and will not be backed out, only debugged. BSD users know what "current" means. Or something like "DEVEL" may be appropriate too.


When I suggested 'EXPERIMENTAL' is was solely with
the idea of one-off testing of patch 'sets' attempting
to address, for example, specific hardware interactions.

These would by definition not be applicable to general
use, though test and feedback might point the way to
development of a revision that could become such.

At the same time, there is probably no real need for
such a 'class', as it would be fairly rare - and largely
unsupportable - to have to change more than a few
'chunks' of source at a time.

- Hardly what could be called a 'release'.


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