Elive versioning numbers assigned to releases


The versions used in the Elive releases can be confusing for you, or maybe not! But in the end they wants to follow a specific logic based in common sense which I’ll explain here:

  • Wants to be logic and common sense as much as possible
  • Follows a linear increment based in the development & date
  • Numbers includes always 3 identifiers, like 3.0.3
    • The first number means the type of OS, like its codename, a major release, etc…
    • The second numbers marks a stated progress of the development
    • The third number is assigned to every new build, and can go from 1 to 99

Let’s say we have Elive 3.0.0 codenamed Opal released, every update that will receive will be assigned in the 3.0.xx number

There will be not any development further a stable release, only updates, fixes, and minor or needed improvements

Second number meaning:

The second number is an important one to understand, which since now will follow this practice:

  • x.0.x : stable / final release
  • x.7.x : alpha development: don’t expect to have it good working, needs your betatesting reports about hardware & drivers especially
  • x.8.x : beta development: don’t expect all the features working, but we need your betatesting reports about the ones that doesn’t works
  • x.9.x : release-candidate: versions that expects to be ready to use, betatesting is crucial here, we need to have everything working without problems

Difficulties by using other methods:

  • If you have 3.0.0 as stable, and you have a new alpha or beta build, naming it “3.0.1” will be confusing, same for “3.1.0”
  • If you have 3.0.0 stable released and you want to give it an update, which number you would give if not 3.0.1 ?
  • They are not intuitive for those who don’t understand the specific meaning
We now make Elive as successful as other Linux distributions
Do we need an Elive 3.7 Alpha Category section
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