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Re: GCC version bikeshedding

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM, Markus Trippelsdorf
<> wrote:
> On 2014.07.29 at 19:14 +0200, Richard Biener wrote:
>> On July 29, 2014 6:45:13 PM CEST, Eric Botcazou <> wrote:
>> >> I think that if anybody has strong objections, now is the time to
>> >make
>> >> them.  Otherwise I think we should go with this plan.
>> >
>> >IMHO the cure is worse than the disease.
>> >
>> >> Given that there is no clear reason to ever change the major version
>> >> number, making that change will not convey any useful information to
>> >> our users.  So let's just drop the major version number.  Once we've
>> >> made that decision, then the next release (in 2015) naturally becomes
>> >> 5.0, the release after that (in 2016) becomes 6.0, etc.
>> >
>> >I don't really understand the "naturally": if you drop the major
>> >version
>> >number, the next release should be 10.0, not 5.0.
>> 10.0 would be even better from a marketing perspective.
> Since gcc is released annually why not tie the version to the year of
> the release, instead of choosing an arbitrary number?
> 15.o

Personally I would prefer that we retain the ability to make more
rapid releases.


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