Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 24th May 2011 14:38 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Linux "So far. we have seen 39 development cycles of Linux 2.6 and the 40th is about to start. However, Linux 2.6.39 might be the end of the Linux 2.6 series. In an email, Linus Torvalds wrote that the numbers are becoming too big and he might [be] thinking of giving the next release a version number of 2.8.0. [...] In the ensuing discussion, Torvalds wrote that a version number of 3.0 is also a strong possibility", as a natural way to introduce a new numbering scheme where odd numbers are also used for stable releases and feature releases increment the second digit.
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RE[3]: <animal> <integer>
by poundsmack on Tue 24th May 2011 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: <animal> <integer>"
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

Ya, but when you go to, say FileHippo.com (love this site) and pull up the "technical" tab to see the release date of every version (both beta and stable), you see it all as super rapid fire: http://filehippo.com/download_google_chrome/

http://filehippo.com/download_google_chrome/history/

the only program I've ever seen more this quickly through solid number is a text editor I like called Tea: http://freshmeat.net/projects/teaforlinux

Which is at version 29 ;)

Edited 2011-05-24 21:02 UTC

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RE[4]: <animal> <integer>
by ephracis on Tue 24th May 2011 22:07 in reply to "RE[3]: <animal> <integer>"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Google is not advertising the version number of Chrome, it is only used internally, by the upgrade engine and in conjunction with issue reporting. Thus, the only purpose of it is to be able to determine if X > Y.

I suggest they use the scheme N^N:

Chrome 1
Chrome 4
Chrome 27
Chrome 256
Chrome 3125
...

Or alternatively the scheme 1/N^2:

Chrome 1
Chrome Half
Chrome Quarter
Chrome Eight
...

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RE[5]: <animal> <integer>
by pclouds on Wed 25th May 2011 13:19 in reply to "RE[4]: <animal> <integer>"
pclouds Member since:
2007-07-13

Or alternatively the scheme 1/N^2:

Chrome 1
Chrome Half
Chrome Quarter
Chrome Eight
...

Well TeX add one more digit to Pi at every release

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning#TeX

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