Hi Andrea,

I believe it was Chrome that popularised the "every other release is a major release" thing, and so of course FireFox ended up following suit (number envy?). Fortunately FireFox has LTS\ESR releases, so sensible organisations use those.


Personally I'm a fan of the current Semantic Versioning - https://semver.org/ - At least I'm assuming that's what GS is using and it's not just a coincidence. Sure GS has major new features in 2.12.x that are not in 2.8.x, but it's basically API compatible between versions. The recent QGIS 2.x to 3.x is a prime example of a good use of a Major increase because it is largely API incompatible.

I suppose if GeoServer is going to continue always being backwards compatible then switching number scheme away won't lose anything, and in this era of version inflation it may become clearer to some users how far behind they are. But if it later starts having jumps where the API changes significantly (ala QGIS 2->3), that's going to get really confusing ("So lets see, 34 can go to... 43, then you need to manually go to 44, then you ....").

This reminded me of the thread last year where I posted the versions for public GeoServer boxes - http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/Stats-on-GeoServer-versions-as-currently-deployed-td5314686.html - it really depends what the motivations are for the old versions. I haven't done similar with MapServer as yet which might offer some interesting insights into the end-user psychology of upgrading as they're at 7.1 I think, but over 20+ years.

Just my 2p,

Cheers,

Jonathan


On 2018-07-12 18:27, Andrea Aime wrote:
On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 7:21 PM, Chris Snider <chris.sni...@polarisalpha.com <mailto:chris.sni...@polarisalpha.com>> wrote:

    Just a thought;

    Many businesses and governments will grant a project authority to
    include a major level of a product, for example GeoServer 2.x.  If
    GeoServer moves to a version numbering scheme that adjusts the
    commonly viewed major version number, then these users may not be
    able to upgrade as readily.  These types of institutions have a
    longer lead time to approve major upgrades from 2.x to 3.x etc.


Wondering what do they do with popular browsers, updating their major number once every few months?

Cheers
Andrea
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