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VERSION NUMBERS
( for curious people )


You might have been wondering; what are all those numbers in the name of .rpm and .tar.gz:
The version numbers for packages are build up like this:


Example: xmms-3.14.7-22.i586.rpm

Program xmms, major version = 3, minor version = 14, patch = 7, package version = 22, compiled for an Intel 586. packed as rpm.



For kernel versions:

Example: kernel 2.4.21-0.13mdk

Kernel version = 2, patchlevel = 4, sublevel = 21, extraversion = 0,13mdk



For distro versions:

Example: Mandrake 9.1

Major version = 9, minor version = 1


I do admit this info is not really of much use for people new to Linux, but I thought it would be fun to know what all those crazy numbers are about.


Bruno


-- Jun 12 2003 ( Revised Dec 11 2005 ) --


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