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WordPress 2.6 should be 3.5

Version 2.6 of WordPress came out the other day.  From the announcement (WordPress › Blog » WordPress 2.6):

Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS: you can now track changes to every post and page and easily post from wherever you are on the web, plus there are dozens of incremental improvements to the features introduced in version 2.5.

These feature changes are actually pretty big.  Revision tracking?  Support for Google Gears?  Full support of SSL (finally)?  Theme previews?  Really cool “Press This” button?  Big.

This feels to me like a major release.  Probably not as major as the 2.5 release, but still pretty major.

In my book, 2.5 should have been version 3.0 and this one should have been 3.5.

Does the version number matter?  Yeah, it does.  It isn’t just about marketing.  It signals something about the maturity of the product.

Disclaimer: I am not immune to such version number mistakes.  After all, the Digipede Network 2.1 should have been version 2.5.

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