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Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, February 17, 2003, 14:31
En réponse à Tristan <kesuari@...>:

> > Now, I know some programs have huge version number jumps (Slackware 4 > to > 7.0, or Word for Windows 2 to 6.0) but having the first release be 6.0 > sp1 seems a bit extreme.
You never know with those telepaths ;)) . I guess the best way to skip the bugginess of
> version 1 software is to skip it altogether (whereas free software > tends > to call the first release 0.x. Sodipodi (a vector-based drawing app), > for example, has no expectations of *ever* reaching version 1.0, but > it's a lot nicer than some 2.0 software I've seen). >
And then there's TeX whose version number is converging to Pi, while METAFONT's version number is converging to e ;))) . TeX's current version number is 3.14159, and METAFONT's is 2.7182 (each time a bug is found and corrected, a figure is appended to the version number, to bring them closer to the actual values of Pi and e. Neeldess to say, those two programs are so much bug-free that it's probable that the current version numbers will be the last ones to be used before Knuth's death, when TeX and METAFONT will become officially unchangeable and will get respectively the version numbers $\Pi$ and $e$). Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.