Next LibreOffice version will be 7.6
italo at libreoffice.org
Tue Apr 11 13:30:27 UTC 2023
Based on the following ESC meeting discussion:
+ got marketing to announce what is the next major version on their
+ some discussion on switching to year.month scheme
+ extension compat checks might be affected
+ generator version in odf files
+ perhaps disentangle internal, strictly monotonically increasing
numbers, from outside marketing release name?
+ just a single increment, for the internal number? then go for
+ going for year-num, loses some marketing splash
+ then leave it to marketing, to decide - at least no technical blockers
and on the following additional info from team members:
* rather switch to scheme like Ubuntu
+ changing to that is feasible for spring release as long as versions
can be compared numerically
* update-check doesn't use version numbers but git-hash
* appstores can use completely independent version numbers/version codes
* download pages are controlled by us/we can use whatever
* build process/code doesn't care itself but some scripts around that
will need updating, but certainly not a huge effort (only LO parts that
need changing is the about-dialogs / minor things that show the version
or when passing the version to web-help)
* e.g. bugzilla notifications, tools that work on branch-names or
similar needs adjustments in addition
* FOSDEM/spring gives more time to prepare artwork, etc
The decision is to stay with the current 7.x family, and call the next
version - due in August - LibreOffice 7.6.
At the same time, announce that this will be the last version following
the "old" numbering scheme, without providing clues for the following
numbering scheme (which will be based on the year.month paradigm).
Just a couple of notes from the previous discussion:
1. LibreOffice is a commodity because office suites are a commodity, and
LibreOffice is an office suite. The fact that community members do not
perceive LibreOffice as a commodity does not affect the market around us
and especially market analysts, who are the reference for large users
(some of which pay a substantial amount of LibreOffice development
through ecosystem companies).
2. Please remember that community members count for a tiny percentage of
LibreOffice users, and are not affecting in any way the perception of
the majority of users (who have been mis-informed and mis-educated by a
single company for at least 40 years, based on a strategy which at the
time it started was clear only to the evil genius of Bill Gates).
3. Marketing is a profession as much as development is a profession (and
of course other tasks such as design, localization, quality assurance,
and many others) and has to be respected and trusted.
4. The time when marketing was a task for secretaries or CEO's mistress
(met several of them during my professiona life) is gone since the 80s
and will never be back.
5. People who never contribute to mailing list discussions about
marketing decisions with constructive inputs - actually, most of them
are never contributing with any input - but are then extremely quick in
criticizing any marketing decision are warmly invited to start counting
up to 1.000.000.000.000.000 (one quadrillion) before writing their next
useless comment (even if they are contributing in a significant way to
other areas of the prokect).
Best regards, Italo
Italo Vignoli - LibreOffice Marketing & PR
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