[Announce] The maybe final Beta for GnuPG 2.1

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Wed Oct 8 15:57:34 CEST 2014

On Sat,  4 Oct 2014 23:19, johanw at vulcan.xs4all.nl said:

> 2.1.0 final? Shoudn't that be 2.2.0, or did GnuPG stop with the old
> version numbering system of the Linux kernel?

Good question.  From my experience only a few people look at development
versions/beta/whatever-you call it.  Those who are really interested in
the development are building directly from GIT.  Thus I doubt that a
pure development branch makes much sense.

My plan is to offer 2.1 as the new feature branch of GnuPG which may
actually be used but might not be as stable as the, well, stable branch.
As soon as this has stabilized the version will be bumped up to 2.2 and
earmarked as the new stable branch (LTS in modern parlance).  At that
time an end-of-life date will be announced for 2.0.

The question is on how long it will take until we can do that.  Maybe we
can look at the number of ECC keys on the keyservers to decide whether
ECC and thus 2.2 can go mainstream.



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