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[eclipse.org-architecture-council] [Bug 262018] New: Revise the Version Numbering Guidelines to take external providers into account

Product/Component: Community / Architecture Council
           Summary: Revise the Version Numbering Guidelines to take external
                    providers into account
           Product: Community
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://wiki.eclipse.org/Version_Numbering
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: Architecture Council
        AssignedTo: eclipse.org-architecture-council@xxxxxxxxxxx
        ReportedBy: martin.oberhuber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Depends on: 262015

The recent case of the Platform moving from ICU4J 3.8 to ICU4J 4.0 (which does
not contain any breaking API change) sparked off a discussion about how we can
deal with 3rd party libraries following version numbering guidelines other than
what we are accustomed to.

Since 3rd party bundles are all to be consumed via Orbit, I have filed Orbit
bug 262015 to create an infrastructure and policy for capturing and
disseminating information about version numbering semantics other than Eclipse.

At the same time, we should review our Version Numbering Guidelines [1] to make
people aware of the fact that not all the world numbers their versions like we
do. Once the Orbit infrastructure is in place, that document should also
contain a link to the place where Orbit announces version semantics of its

[1] http://wiki.eclipse.org/Version_Numbering

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