Sunday, June 12, 2005

Version numbering 1.2

Interesting article about the inconsistencies in version numbering conventions in open source software. I have heard a lot of marketing-speak about version numbering theories. Here are a few:
  • Version numbers shouldn't go too high, else it seems like the product has many problems that are fixed with every version. Microsoft marketing seems to think this way, Adobe doesnt.
  • Certain version numbers convey better software than others. Point-oh releases are a case in point, but odd numbers convey instability.
  • Your version numbers should be higher than your competitors' to signify a better product.
So obviously there is no panacea here. Personally, I would prefer version numbers to be an increasing sequence - for the lifetime of the product.

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