[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] Sugar on a Stick v2 Release Naming
martin at martindengler.com
Sun Sep 13 18:45:13 EDT 2009
On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 08:20:43PM -0400, Bill Bogstad wrote:
> I've been watching this thread since it began and understand that from
> a marketing perspective numbers are 'ugly'.
Numbers are for the developers, ice cream flavours are for the press /
GUI users, as I understand it.
> On the other hand, everyone seems to acknowledge that numbers make
> it easier to track things from a development and deployment support
> perspective. Obviously, that works best if the numbers are
> Unfortunately the number usage has NOT been consistent.
Every numerical series has been monotonically increasing. They're
completely consistent; you just seem to find them surprising. To wit:
> Martin's original web page with proposed logos seems to indicate that
> the SoaS Strawberrry release was release 1. "SoaS 1" is also what
> shows up on the the 'ugly?' text oriented plymouth start up screen for
> Strawberry as well.
Consistent. Yes, the text screen is ugly. I wish it weren't, but oh
> On the other hand, the CD labels as well as the ISO filenames for
> Strawberry and its test releases all referred to themselves as
CD labels, yes. ISO filenames, no:
For the CD labels, boot screens, etc., that mention "SoaS2": this is
not the same as the marketing "release number" that is what's on the
page discussing the marketing naming ("Martin's original web page").
I agree this is surprising and not optimal. But it's consisent, as
SoaS2 is not the marking release number.
> The current Blueberry? beta ISO calls itself SoaS3 internally in
> the same places that Strawberry calls itself SoaS2.
> From a deployment support perspective, this is not a good thing.
Apart from being shown on the boot screen and /etc/issue, which the
people you're worried about should never see, where is this an issue?
> Unfortunately, I can't think of anyway to sink the numbers up again
> that won't result in additional possibilities for confusion.
How about just calling the Blueberry release "SoaS2" everywhere? Or
just marketing the next release as v3?
> Are we stuck documenting the fact that the official release number
> and plymouth displayed versions are always one less then the CD
> label and ISO filename?
ibid. The ISO filename does not include a release number. The ISO
filename is soas-strawberry.iso.
> Bill Bogstad
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