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Re: [ide-dev] Dropping the release names (Neon, Oxygen) from user downloads

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:48 AM, Greg Watson <g.watson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
-1 for using the release year. Use a version number instead. There is no need to know which year the release was made, and it makes you look pretty silly if you have 5 years between releases (e.g. Office for Mac 2011 was only updated this year). Do you really want to obligate Eclipse to make yearly releases forever?

We kinda already are obligated to do that due to other pressures. We make a pretty big marketing splash every year that we have these yearly releases. At least, when that stops happening, people will know, because that will be a pretty significant signal to the market.

Also, for the SR's, we don't call them that any more because they aren't service releases any more. They're minor releases. Thus Mars.1, Mars.2.

And I don't expect we'll be able to do much about the versioning of projects. That's under the control of each individual project. At least with the simultaneous release, it's under control of the Planning Council and David Williams is usually pretty good at building consensus there.

Doug.



Greg



On Apr 28, 2016, at 10:09 AM, Mickael Istria <mistria@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Tracy,

I agree with you as I here very often people asking about what's the latest release, or confused about it. Even worse, I saw people using Helios and not even wondering whether it's old or not ( https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=484765 ) .
I agree that the release year is probably the simplest and most efficient name we can provide. There are a lot of existing very successful software (the main one I have in mind being Microsoft Office) that have adopted this convention and I don't think it has ever been an issue for their users or editors.

Is there a bug to track this suggestion?

Cheers,
--
Mickael Istria
Eclipse developer at JBoss, by Red Hat
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