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  • #21
    How is this less unwieldy when accounting for GNOME 4.0's release, or, the simple fact that it's making some dramatic leap of a number with no particular rhyme or reason? I imagine this is going to cause a mess for package managers checking compatibility, especially once GNOME 4.0 comes out, and makes discussion of GNOME 3.x/40.x more confusing and tedious.
    Also, what exactly is so "unwieldy" about 3.39, or 3.40? It's the same amount of characters as 40.0, except it's not ambiguous about what's coming up next. The whole point of assigning a version number to a product is so you understand clearly where something stands in the timeline of development.

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    • #22
      Sickening... I don't use GNOME but considering the route so many other projects take version numbering are totally meaningless for the average user.
      As Blahblah said - just use semantic versioning.

      Version.Revision.Patch

      A new version usually means that you rewrote the entire thing or did major breaking changes to it that may break forward or backwards compatibility.
      A revision is usually fixing bugs or introducing new features and in most cases I have seen maintaining backwards compatibillity. e.g. a revision of the version.
      Patch is of course a bugfix to the reivision of the version.

      Also with ridiculous version numbering I at least loose interest. For example I don't even pay attention to Firefox anymore which is probably on version 70 or something insane now. There is no "carrot" to wanting to learn what new and interesting features is introduced with just a huge pointless number. Firefox probably redesigned their UI a few times and should probably have had a version bump at some point. Blender for example should have named 2.80. 3.0 in my opinion.

      I was also reading the link to how on earth Gnome could choose such a insane version number. One of the arguments is hilarious as it states that a year.month versioning scheme requires two releases each year. Looking at that complete lack of logic I am not surprised they ended up with a insane version scheme.

      But with Version 40 I am probably supposed to feel that GNOME is renewing itself , becoming timeless and dynamically strives to aspire towards a vision where sex-neutral eco friendly development focuses on replacing all integers with floating point to achieve a non-binary unified GUI with equal mounts of white and black pixels on screen to achieve perfect harmony with brown keyboards and yellow mousepointers with compatibility for transgender joysticks that fits any usb port configuration. And with this renewed boost of energy inspired solely by such an vital version number I can write bugreports for old ISDN drivers that refuse to run my floppy disk , because it is 2020 and no floppy should be left out as that would be simply racist and discriminating.

      Nonsense you might think... Well in 20 more years it may not even be a laughing matter. Now off to xterm, looking forward to pipe a few commands together before someone gets a bright idea that the pipe symbol needs to go because it is too offensive or something.

      http://www.dirtcellar.net

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      • #23
        Originally posted by waxhead View Post
        Nonsense you might think... Well in 20 more years it may not even be a laughing matter. Now off to xterm, looking forward to pipe a few commands together before someone gets a bright idea that the pipe symbol needs to go because it is too offensive or something.
        It is offensive.

        What are pipes used for? Smoking drugs.

        What does the pipe symbol look like? Trump's Border Wall ||||||||



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        • #24
          Originally posted by skeevy420 View Post
          When Windows jumped from 8 to 10, as dumb as the reason was, at least there was a technical reason for them not to use 9.
          What technical reason? Please just don't tell about "some software that checked Windows number and though they are running on Windows 9x" because it was never confirmed officially and looks like myth. Most likely that was marketing reason - 10 looks better for "last Windows" than 9.

          About GNOME - well, I don't like this. I miss times when my browser version was 3.6.28 not 80. major.minor.patch versioning is simple and readable. What version will major release of GNOME get? It will cause confusion and it will be hard to see difference between GNOME 3 and future GNOME 4 in versioning.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by skeevy420 View Post
            With GNOME jumping from 3 to 40 we I think we need to see if they're smoking crack because that's beyond dumb. Then again, it says a lot about GNOME users if the GNOME devs think that GNOME 4.0 and GTK 4.0 is confusing.
            So only reason for group of people to make a decision to change the version scheme is because they dump.
            They do that because they don't want to make a fundamental change to GNOME in near future and have nothing to do being dump.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by GruenSein View Post

              Or it just means that we should not expect any fundamental changes beyond the Gnome 3 paradigm at all. Hence, the 3 is dropped.
              I think this is the big takeaway, Gnome Shell 4 is unlikely to happen.

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              • #27
                Disgusting

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by dragon321 View Post

                  What technical reason? Please just don't tell about "some software that checked Windows number and though they are running on Windows 9x" because it was never confirmed officially and looks like myth. Most likely that was marketing reason - 10 looks better for "last Windows" than 9.

                  About GNOME - well, I don't like this. I miss times when my browser version was 3.6.28 not 80. major.minor.patch versioning is simple and readable. What version will major release of GNOME get? It will cause confusion and it will be hard to see difference between GNOME 3 and future GNOME 4 in versioning.
                  That would be the technical reason. Anecdotally, that's supposed to be a problem with old, legacy software. With everything MS has done over the years, something like that actually being the case wouldn't surprise me.

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                  • #29
                    No no no... you are all wrong, this is part of GNOME's direct work with Microsoft to port GNOME to WSL2! Next version will be GNOME 360, followed by GNOME 1 to help all Windows users understand each GNOME generation.

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                    • #30
                      Fantastic!

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