On Wed, 26 Oct 2005, Julian Wolfe wrote:

> Knowing Mentec, it will cost $983479587349875 like everything else they
> sell, even though it's a .1 revision.

What would 'a .1 revision' have to do with it?

As far as I know, DEC (and Mentec) have never seen much difference between
minor and major version number increments.

This is not like Linux, where the version numbers keep running when they
just fix a few small bugs.

Quite a lot can have happened between 10.0 and 10.1 of RSTS/E.

Major version number changes was something DEC usually did when major
internal rewriting happened. Like changing basic data structures. Programs
that play with the internals of an OS most likely would break at a major
version number change.

But a lot of things can happen at minor version changes. In fact, they
could appear much larger to an end user. And might involve larger efforts
as well.

So yes, the PDP-11 software isn't cheap, but there isn't much worth to a
complaint about something being a '.1 version'. That's just plain stupid.

And as Stuart pointed out, if you have the latest version licensed, you
have the possibility to upgrade to the next version when it becomes
available at a discount.


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