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Re: [opensuse-kde] Re: Key shortcut F9 makes Konqueror freeze
On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 8:01 AM, C <smaug42@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
but, as it has been shown it the past it's not unwise to wait for the
x.y.1 release if you are on a productive system.

Release numbers are for the most part... arbitrary.  They are more a
mark that a release has happened than anything else..  Look at the
discussion around the version numbering for 11.4/12.0.  The upcoming
11.4 could just have easily been 12.0.  People buying into that x.y.1
myth will happily install 11.4, but if it was named 12.0, they would
fill up the mailing list with claims that everyone should wait for
12.1.

The point release myth is just that... a myth in virtually all
software releases regardless of OS, or developer/company


C.

In openSUSE this may be true, but in the case of KDE it isn't. There
are pretty strict rules about what you can and cannot do in certain
sorts of releases. x.0.0 releases can break binary compatibility.
x.y.0 releases can add new features but cannot break binary
compatibility. x.y.z releases can only fix bugs, they cannot add new
features at all. Although there may be very rare exceptions, KDE
developers stick to these rules very tightly.

-Todd
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