On Wed, 30 Nov 2016, Henry B (Hank) Hotz, CISSP wrote:

> So it’s no longer possible to have non-numeric version numbers?
> Please understand, I don’t really care. The new system is logical enough, 
> even if unconventional. Just wondering what the actual reason was.

This unconventional system has one advantage: the version number
never goes "back" from 7.0.rc1 rc2 rc3 prereleases to 7.0.
Packaging systems those days employ various "hacks" to understand that "2.rcX" 
actually "less than "2.0".

I am annoyed a bit with software like node that reports something like "v8.0.0"
in the earliest git master code which is the same version number that might be
releasesd in a year. "7.0.1", "7.0.2", "7.0.3" can be bumped as we go in the git
development and they can progress over time.

This is important especially since git is everywhere there are no SVN-style
linear version numbers available.

so I'd say unconventional, yes, but possibly useful. And I never like ".0" 
releases anyway :)


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