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 on the project list, 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 called:
- 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 the first public voting.
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!