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[opensuse-project] Versionitis - Results (Or: The next openSUSE release is openSUSE 12.1)
The voting on how to do the versioning is over and the "old school"
has won by 55 per cent (of 98 participants). Thanks to all that
participated in the two votes and the discussion around the topic.

As Coolo said in, we'd
like to make a small change to the numbering:

We will not have a .0 release but only .1, .2, .3 release. Since we
have releases in three months, the November release is always the .1
release, the July release the .2 and the March release the .3.

So, the plan is that the next release will be called openSUSE 12.1 and
launched on the 10th of November, 2011! Two years later - on the 14th
of November, 2013 - we will then have the openSUSE 13.1 release.

So, the next four releases are:
* November 2011: openSUSE 12.1
* July 2012: openSUSE 12.2
* March 2013: openSUSE 12.3
* November 2013: openSUSE 13.1

Detailed results for logged-in openSUSE members are available at the
connect poll page and I have reproduced them here as well:

* A: "old school": Like currently but only counting the right number until 3:
55% (54 votes)
* B: "Fedora style": Just integers:
29 % (28 votes)
* C: "Ubuntu style": YY.MM:
16 % (16 votes)

This is also consistent with the results of thefirst public voting (see

Note that 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 or 12.1 – and no sense to speak about openSUSE 11 or
openSUSE 11 family. We also had in the past no process on how to name the next
release (when to increase which parts of the number).

I think this new versioning is still consistent with the old one but also an
improvement since it's now clear that we change the first digit every two
year. The first poll showed that half of our users prefer a date based
versioning and the other a consecutive numbering. So, depending on your point
of view, you can see this as a mixture of both or as consecutive numbering ;)

So, time now to make openSUSE 12.1 a great release!

Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager openSUSE, aj@{,}
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