Thunderbird versioning/Naming.

Josiah Bruner josiah at
Fri Jul 5 16:32:59 UTC 2013

Regardless, although it would be my preference to change our versioning 
pattern, I do understand that this quite low priority. Not to mention, 
again, that Mozilla probably doesn't favor a change, so this probably 
won't go anywhere.

Josiah Bruner
/Thunderbird Front end,
Widget/Cocoa Developer

On 7/5/13 11:00 AM, Josiah Bruner wrote:
> Could you give some examples of the potential issues? Thanks!
> -- 
> Josiah Bruner
> /Thunderbird Front end,//
> //Widget/Cocoa Developer/
> On 7/5/13 10:54 AM, Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) wrote:
>> On 7/4/2013 7:56 PM, Unicorn.Consulting wrote:
>>> If this has been discussed in the past, sorry for trying to bring it up
>>> again.
>>> With the first release of Thunderbird under it's new release model I
>>> think that it is important to de-emphasise the version number as the
>>> jump from 17 to 24 will leave many wondering what is going on.  To this
>>> end I suggest that the version number become an 
>>> internal/troubleshooting
>>> item much as the geko version has done and that we release Thunderbird
>>> with a year appended as has become almost dejure over the last decade.
>>> Yes I know everyone else has started going back to numbers, but
>>> Thunderbird is not in the Chrome race to 1000 and we need to make it
>>> clear we are not.
>>> Years ago when products started being released as year based versions I
>>> thought that is was the silliest of ideas, but in this case where we
>>> will be having an annual release it makes sense to name the product
>>> intrinsically for the year of release. Given the lateness on the year I
>>> suggest we release Thunderbird 2014 instead of Thunderbird 24.  This
>>> approach sets the user expectation on release schedules correctly to an
>>> annual or more cycle, makes it easy for even the slowest among them to
>>> work out that their Thunderbird is 5 years old and in my opinion
>>> differentiates the versioning from Firefox so people can stop asking
>>> "Firefox is at Version 20 where is the Thunderbird update.
>>> Matt
>> There has been surprisingly few questions about version numbers from 
>> testers of early releases, as well as users who see Firefox version 
>> number incrementing and Thunderbird is not.  Thus, I believe the 
>> numbers version jump is a non-issue. I also believe that if we use 
>> some other scheme, expecially one that disconnects from the "mozilla 
>> standard", it may create more issues (and not just the one aceman 
>> points out) than it solves.
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