An impassioned plea on version numbers

Omair Majid omajid at
Wed Sep 27 17:49:41 UTC 2017

* Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at> [2017-09-22 14:06]:
> 5) Java is not an OS like Ubuntu. The version of Java is referred to all
> the time - it is front and centre in discussions about Java. Even
> recruiters talk about it! It needs to be simple and straightforward for all
> the tasks it is used for - a year/month scheme is unusual and unexpected.

And if anyone thinks the Ubuntu versioning system is simple, a quick
google shows many documents where users are confused. For example,
these docs refer to Ubuntu 16. Not 16.04 or 16.10, just 16.

We should not be surprised if the same happens with Java: instead of
18.3 or 18.9, people will be taking about Java 18.


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