Firefox 4 5 6 now 7?!

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So I just opened Firefox, for what must be the first time in a few weeks. Upon opening, it asked if I would like to update to the latest version. Version 7!?

To start off with, my understanding of versions is as follows:

A full version number (1.0, 2.0 etc) determines a new piece of software, similar from the previous with the majority being new e.g. Police Academy, 'version' 2,3,4,5 and 6 are bran new films, but each one essentially follows on where the last one left off.

A partial version number (3.1 3.11 3.2 etc) determine changes to a current software, same as the previous with slight changes (security updates, bug fixes, user feature, etc).

...so with this in mind, my assumption along with many others is that a full version takes a year or two to produce, where as partial versions (fixes) are produces as soon as a problem arises and implemented as soon as possible.

With this kind of understanding, if a full version is therefore release within 6 months, the belief is that there is something terribly wrong with the previous one that it had to be re made and release as soon as possible. This is how I felt with Firefox, especially with 4 transitions since March.

At the point is asked to update to 7.0, I was a tad suspicious. After a quick internet search, I found the reason. From wikipedia:

Rapid release
A draft roadmap indicated that Mozilla hoped to release several versions in 2011, but despite incrementing major version numbers of subsequent versions, these versions would be smaller incremental updates, primarily focusing on improving speed, stability and security.



Its all ok when it makes sense, but I feel that, not everyone is fully aware of Mozilla's toad-map.

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