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==Version meanings==
 
==Version meanings==
* 0.x.0 releases will include major new functionality.
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===What the version number means===
* 0.x.1, 0.x.2 etc. are service releases (i.e. mainly bug fixes and a few new features)
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Stellarium uses a three part version number:  '''a.b.c''' where
* 0.10.0 beta. This release is tagged as a beta because the of the features which are missing: TUI, telescope control, scripting.
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*'''a''' is the series version number.  This remains at 0 until we feel we have all the basic functionality which is required for a feature-complete planetarium project.  This core functionality is documented in the [http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pzCE9lji7oA_mC9xe5j6cPw Stellarium tasklist document].
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*'''b''' is the major release number. Major release may include a lot of new functionality, or maybe just a re-worked internal structure. Either way, when this is incremented it's a milestone of some sort. At major releases it is expected that compatibility with older major versions could be broken. This includes scripting commands, configuration options, command line options and work-flow within the program.
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*'''c''' is the service release number. Service releases are for bug fixes and may come with extra functionality as it is implemented.  With a bit of luck, compatibility with previous service releases for the same major releases should be maintained.
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===Special Versions===
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* 0.10.0 beta. This release is tagged as a "beta" because the of the features which are missing: TUI, telescope control, scripting.  The next version will be called 0.10.1, and should have at least a scripting engine.
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* 1.0.0.  ''If'' we ever get here, it'll be awesome.  Somehow it always seems a few years off.  Ho hum.
  
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==

Revision as of 15:03, 31 October 2008

Since the developer meeting of April/May 2007, we decided we should release more often. We also drew up a list of features we consider to be important - things we need to do before we feel comfortable releasing a 1.0 version. The results of those discussions can be found in the feature list spreadsheet.

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Version meanings

What the version number means

Stellarium uses a three part version number: a.b.c where

  • a is the series version number. This remains at 0 until we feel we have all the basic functionality which is required for a feature-complete planetarium project. This core functionality is documented in the Stellarium tasklist document.
  • b is the major release number. Major release may include a lot of new functionality, or maybe just a re-worked internal structure. Either way, when this is incremented it's a milestone of some sort. At major releases it is expected that compatibility with older major versions could be broken. This includes scripting commands, configuration options, command line options and work-flow within the program.
  • c is the service release number. Service releases are for bug fixes and may come with extra functionality as it is implemented. With a bit of luck, compatibility with previous service releases for the same major releases should be maintained.

Special Versions

  • 0.10.0 beta. This release is tagged as a "beta" because the of the features which are missing: TUI, telescope control, scripting. The next version will be called 0.10.1, and should have at least a scripting engine.
  • 1.0.0. If we ever get here, it'll be awesome. Somehow it always seems a few years off. Ho hum.

Schedule

0.9.0

Released June 7 2007

0.9.1

Released January 17th, 2008.

0.10.0 beta

Released September 24th, 2008.

0.10.1

To be announced. Focus: New scripting engine. API improvements

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