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Re: RFH: GPLv3
- From: Nicholas Nethercote <njn at csse dot unimelb dot edu dot au>
- To: Michael Eager <eager at eagercon dot com>
- Cc: Mark Mitchell <mark at codesourcery dot com>, GCC <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 19:21:46 +1000 (EST)
- Subject: Re: RFH: GPLv3
- References: <4695B50B.email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Thu, 12 Jul 2007, Michael Eager wrote:
3. After GCC 4.2.1 is released, we will renumber the branch to GCC 4.3.
What would have been GCC 4.2.2 will instead be GCC 4.3.3, to try to
emphasize the GPLv3 switch. The GCC mainline will then be GCC 4.4.
This seems to confabulate the meaning of version numbers to
now mean something about licensing. The difference between
4.2.1 and 4.2.2 would normally be considered a minor bug fix
release, under this scheme of calling it 4.3.3, one would be
misled to think that this is a minor bug fix for a non-existent
The version numbering scheme correlating to functional changes
is more valuable than any (IMO insubstantial) benefit of
identifying the change in license version.
One way to view it: the license is a feature. Therefore changing the
license is changing a feature. Therefore what was going to be 4.2.2 should