[Lazarus] Lazarus 1.1

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Sun Nov 14 20:37:24 CET 2010

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 02:37:23PM -0500, Michael Joyner wrote:
> *deer eyed in the headlights look*
> "But it does! It does! it's a bigger number!"
> Psychology. Having a 1.x release is good for the psychology of the
> end-users.

If one wants to apply marketing matras, you must also check if all border
conditions are satisfied. In off-the-shelf sales, such
psychologic tricks work because of impulse buys.

But in the case of open source, the kickback is bugfixes and other
contributions, something less impulse driven and more long term (and I don't assume the
satisfcation of increasing the number lasts very long, or otherwise the next
release would be 14.0)

The classic OSS versioning anecdote is Slackware jumping from 4.0 to 7.0,
just because Patrick Volkerding got tired of questions why he still based on
"old" Linux 4.0, when other distro's were at 6.0 
(which is totally nonsense since distro versioning is without any meaning)

> Having a set release release schedule w/ major version bumps is good for the
> psychology of the end-users.
> No amount of developer attachment to 0.9XXXX will change this.
> No amount of explaining why 1.X is not ready yet will change this.

I doubt that. I do believe it would save some questions, but I don't think
it would significantly impact fpc/lazarus "revenues" (as in quality feedback)

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