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Re: [ide-dev] Dropping the release names (Neon, Oxygen) from user downloads
However, to me an even more important aspect is that Eclipse doesn't automatically update across major releases. This will be even more confusing if Eclipse adopts a year-based naming scheme, because the user will either expect continuous updates forever, or alternatively that a new download/manual-installation is required for the first release of a new year.
Consider Doug's example, a major release is done in 2016, then a follow-up minor release on 2017. If the minor release is called 2016.3 even though its 2017, it's confusing. But if it's called 2017.1, but Eclipse only updates automatically to 2017.1, but not to 2017.2 (because say, that would be a new major release), it's even more confusing...