Proposal on the platform API policy question

Ross Paterson ross at
Wed May 20 19:45:43 EDT 2009

On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 10:54:13PM +0000, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who took part in the recent discussion on API
> compatibility in minor platform releases. In response to the points
> raised, Don and I would like to propose the following:
>       * Bug fix only in minor releases
>       * Change platform version numbers to follow the PVP
>       * 4 month major release cycles for the first 12 months
>       * Review major release cycle frequency after 12 months

Sounds good.  Perhaps it would be less confusing to use PVP terminology
for HP too, i.e. avoid speaking of minor releases and call them patchlevel
releases.  (In those terms, HP will not have minor releases.)

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