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Re: SC decision on version numbering: 4.0
Per Bothner wrote:
Robert Dewar wrote:
Well to me, to repeat my earlier thoughts, that is completely
backward, as things stabilize, minor releases are appropriate.
A 5.0 release as a user says "unstable, major changes".
The other reason for increasing a version number is for dynamic
shared library numbering. If a new ABI is majorly incompatible
with the old one, then old libraries will be incompatible, so
it may be less confusing to bump major version numbers. It's
a major change, but hopefully will be more-or-less stable.
If you prefer 5.0 could be "a stable ABI has been specified and
implemented" - it's *intended* to be stable, but there may be
OK, I agree that a *change* involving a majorly incompatible
ABI warrants a major version number change. Sorry I missed
that you were making this point.