On Tue, December 25, 2012 23:53, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Thankfully, Debian provides a perfectly reasonable version numbering
> system (as, for that matter, does Apple), so all one has to do is remember
> to use it with the uninitiated. For example, our internal metrics on
> adoption and migration to new OS releases that are sent to management
> refer to "Debian 5" and "Debian 6" (and soon "Debian 7") rather than
> lenny, squeeze, or wheezy.
When I write user-facing documentation for my packages, I always try to
write "Debian 7.0 Wheezy". Although the version number seems to be known
now earlier than it was in the past, there are still points where it isn't
known, and of course we're all too familiar with expressions like wheezy+1
which are acceptable for development but should be avoided for user
Would it be an idea to publish the list of version numbers and associated
code names a few releases ahead, say the upcoming three releases? Of
course the prerogative of deciding on the names will remain with the
release team, it would only be pulled forward a bit.