On Thu, May 10, 2001 at 09:20:13AM -0700, Peter Scott wrote:
> So, I wonder aloud, do we want to signify that degree of change with a more 
> dramatic change in the name?  Still Perl, but maybe Perl 7, Perl 10, Perl 
> 2001, Perl NG, Perl* - heck, I don't know, I'm just trying to get the 
> creative juices flowing.

I know, I know!  We can call version 5.7 "Perl 7" instead!  Oh wait,
Sun already did that...  

I know, we'll call it Perl 2001 and name every new version after the
current year to pressure users into needless upgrades!  Oh wait,
Microsoft already did that.

I know, we'll switch to roman numerals!  Perl VI!  (vi users rejoice!)
Oh wait, Apple already did that...

I know, we'll call the new release "Perl 6.0" and then increment every
release after that buy 1.0.  "Perl 7.0", "Perl 8.0"...  It'll look
like we're putting out a brand new perl with brand new features every
time!  Oh wait, AOL already did that...

I know, we'll take 5.6.2 and change the name to "Perl ME"!  Then users
will think they're getting a whole new product instead of just a bunch
of bug fixes.  Damnit, Microsoft beat us to it again!

(Salt to taste)

Version numbers are, at best, an indication of the magnitude change.
At worst they are a cheap marketing ploy.  I've always liked that
Perl's version numbers are relatively free of marketing hoopla (the
jump from perl3 to perl4 notwithstanding).  The move from 5.005_03 to
5.6.0 style was jarring enough (and fairly well justified).  Its been
so long since we've had an integer increment that it should be fairly


Michael G. Schwern   <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>    http://www.pobox.com/~schwern/
Perl6 Quality Assurance     <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>       Kwalitee Is Job One
AY!  The ground beef, she is burning my groin!

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