[josm-dev] Introduce versioning scheme
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Tue Feb 9 07:27:43 GMT 2010
On Mon, 8 Feb 2010, Sebastian Klein wrote:
Actually we have a version. It is 1.5. So full release is "JOSM
1.5-2957. That's why the User-Agent of JOSM is "JOSM/1.5 (2957 de)" (and
no, it is not the Java version, it is really the JOSM version, look into
Now the question is, why don't we increment it?
Well, the answer is easy. Whatever number it is, the majority of users
actually don't care as long as it follows the rule that higher numbers are
Due to our nightly builds we have a always working recent version and
the tested is only a specially marked version. We don't give long-term
support for releases or handle them in a special way (except saying that
it is more stable than the usual latest).
I would agree that handling release numbers would be useful when we really
had supported releases. But currently we don't have and at the moment even
the latest versions are usually stable enough, so we need no special
release handling. We have a working update information system, so the
exact number does not really count a lot.
That JOSM moved away from the individual version based approach to a SVN
release number (before I got involved at all) shows that this approach has
Maybe in future another release scheme is required again, but at the
moment it is not yet time for it.
> Interesting, there has been a release in each month.
Well, actually this is by design. The idea is to have 2 weeks
active development and 2 weeks fixing. Doesn't work always :-)
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