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Re: [opensuse-project] How to name our releases?
On Friday, March 11, 2011 03:34:14 AM Andreas Jaeger wrote:
We had this week a discussion on IRC on how to name the next release
and I took the action item to do a poll on now to
help us solve the naming of openSUSE distribution releases.

openSUSE does not have a major and minor numbering, even if it seems
so. There is right now no difference in any way between what we would
do for openSUSE 11.4 or 12.0 - and no sense to speak about openSUSE 11
or openSUSE 11 family. We also have no process on how to name the next
release (when to increase which parts of the number).

Here are some options, if I miss some, please tell me and I will then
soon setup a poll. I'm listening the next version we would use as well
as how the following would be called as an example. Remember we have
releases every 8 months, so the next releases are: November 2011, July
2012, March 2013, November 2013, July 2014, March 2015.

1. "old school": The same we do right now but let's decide when to
change the right number: we count it always until 3.
Next release is 12.0.
Following releases: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 13.0
2. "Fedora style": Just integers.
Next release is: 12
Following release: 13, 14, 15
3. "Mandriva style": YYYY.counter (4 digit year, counter starts a 0)
Next release is: 2011.1
Following releases: 2012.0, 2013.0, 2013.1, 2014.0, 2015.1
4. "Ubuntu style": YY.MM (2 digit year, 2 digit month)
Next release is: 11.11
Following releases: 12.07, 13.03, 13.11, 14.07, 15.03
5. "Ubuntu style variation": YYYY-MM (4 digit year, 2 digit month)
Next release is: 2011-11
Following releases are: 2012-07, 2013-03, 2013-11, 2014-07, 2015-03
6. "octal": Coolo came up with calling the next release "o 12" and
then proposed to go octal (so 012). We decided to start with 012
even if that 10 in decimal.
Next release is: 012
Following releases: 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 020
7. "Seasons": "Season YYYY" since March is in spring, July in summer,
and November is in autumn.
Next release is: Autumn 2011
Following releases: Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Summer

Anything else I should add to the list above?


There is another option too. I would call it the tree digit pairs sequence.

First 2 digits makes refernce to the year: i.e. 2012=12
Second 2 digits makes reference to the active lifecycle sequence or the month
the product support comes to the end, i.e.1, 2, 3 (our lifecycle is each 3rd
issue one will go out). This is just in case we want it incluede and to make
reference to our Lifetime or Lifecycle product. If we would like this.And yes,
we need a convenient reference point. See below.
Third 2 digits makes reference to the month it was released: i.e.: March=03,

Beginning from fresh start and following the above idea. Just as excercizing
sample and assuming 11.3 will finish on January we would call it 11.5.07
(Year. End of support month. Release date) and the next release would be
openSUSE 11.xx, 11. Next year 12.xx.08 and go so. So we would need a fresh
start in 2012.


Ricardo Chung | openSUSE Linux Ambassador

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