On 6/22/11 7:36 PM, Rick Alther wrote:
> However, I'm not a fan of 5.0 being a minor update to 4.0. Why not justHow are you defining "major update"?
> label it 4.1.0 or something similar then? How are we supposed to know
> when a new release is a major update or not?
> What happens if there is a change which changes5.0 breaks ABI in various ways. Binary addons that are compatible with
> the ABI/API significantly to break stuff (as a major version might)?
4.0 are not compatible with 5.0 without recompiling, generally.
> However, what about extensions not hosted on AMO,Going forward, these would ideally use the Addon SDK and hence not have
> in particular, internal enterprise repositories?
compat issues at all, right?
> This new versioning policy really hinders enterprise uptake.More precisely, the policy of actually adding features when they're
ready as opposed to lumping them all together into big-bang releases
hinders enterprise uptake, right? That is, we could call this version
4.0.2, but since it has various incompatible changes (including various
new web-facing features) it's just as much of a problem for enterprises,
as I understand.
> With minor updates, it's not much of an issue because that implies nothingDefined how? There are various changes that could break compatibility
> significant changed - just fixes and perhaps minor enhancements. Major
> releases require testing. Even though 5.0 is a minor update to 4.0
with binary extensions, non-binary extensions, and intranet sites....
> Faster releases don't break the enterprise, but aThe real problem for enterprise deployments is that in the new setup
> versioning policy where you can't tell what's major and what's minor does.
there is no such distinction. All updates will typically contain
substantive changes of some sort....
This was in fact considered. The problem is that we feel that we don't
If IBM (or any combination of companies interested in such a thing)
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