Change LyX release numbering to Semantic Versioning

José Abílio Matos jamatos at
Sat Jan 16 17:54:20 UTC 2021

On Friday, January 15, 2021 9:11:03 AM WET Jean-Marc Lasgouttes wrote:
> Yes, it is very immediate. All you have to do is to go to the web site
> of each and every package you want to use and check what they mean by
> 3.0 ! I propose something where prime numbers are used for development
> releases, this would be very simple too.

I think that this is not your first remark about prime numbers on release 
numbers. :-)

We follow a green policy and recycle arguments in these threads. :-)

BTW in the same vein I propose to use perfect numbers. :-)

In this case what I meant is that if you see that gcc used was version 11.0 
you know that the series 11 was used. If that is stable or not that is another 

Using the same analogy do you remember when we had middle odd-numbered 
versions for development and even as stable (following linux scheme at the 

In that case you really need to search in a website to understand if lyx 2.3.x 
is a stable release or not.
If I am not wrong gnome still follows that scheme (I do not follow the project 
to know what are their plans after gnome 40, their next stable release).

> At least, when a version is 2.99.4 or 2.4.0alpha1, I know it is not a
> regular release. Beat that with your "we all know what it means" system.

Those are not necessarily universal convention.
In the first case armadillo had a series of releases like 9.900.x that were 
stable releases.

Personally I do not like the addition of alpha numeric chars to the releases 
for practical purposes. In particular when I need to parse the release 
versions for building and testing purposes.

In any case this is a detour from the original argument, the original proposal 
is that we should follow a numbering scheme where any stable series receives a 
consecutive new major number every time.

> JMarc

José Abílio
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