We're in the final stretch of development to the new PortableApps.com Platform and we've been having some internal discussions on changing the version of it. 2.0 has been very long in coming and the final version will be quite different from last year's betas. Realistically, we've been conservative with versioning in the past, opting for 1.5 (which probably should have been 2.0), a too-long 2.0 beta which should have just been 3.0 followed by a 4.0 with categories soon after. So, we've been thinking about changing it.
Some options (including some silly ones) are:
- ^2 (Squared) - Because it's the platform squared
- 3.0 (Just skip one) - Just bumping it up a notch for good measure
- 5.0 (Monty Python) - A Holy Hand Grenade-style counter of 1-2-5 (3, my lord) as a bit of a riff on the arbitrary nature of version numbers.
- 6 (Our anniversary) - 2011 is the 6th anniversary of PortableApps.com (even though we started in March 2004, we didn't register the domain until January 2005)
- 6.0 (Mozilla homage) - Release around the same time as Firefox 6 (Aug 16th) and match their version as an homage to our first portable app: Portable Firefox 0.7+ in March 2004
- 10 (Binary) - It's 2.0 written in binary. We could then do 11, 100, 101, etc or switch back to decimal for later releases (which is more likely).
- 10.0 (Multiplier) - Because it's 10x better than 1.0
- X (Apple) - Just call it PA.c Platform X Mac-Style and go from there
- 11.08 (Ubuntu style) - Ubuntu uses a two-digit year and two-digit month for their versioning which takes away any guess-work on what it'll be.
- 2011 (Microsoft Office) - Just start using the year. Though this will limit us a bit in terms of showing off major updates within the same year.
- Names (Silly) - We could always annoy all the geeks and just have named releases with no version numbers. But I think that would be cruel.
What do you think?