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Dear Marketing,

In a few weeks, the next version of LibreOffice will branch off of 7.6,
and gain its new name. Additionally, a release plan needs to be
published imminently. Now is an ideal time for deciding and
communicating what the next version number will be. This also impacts
things like bibisect repositories, patch notifications in bugzilla etc.

Thanks for helping to make a smooth transition,

Justin (as directed by ESC)

CC: LibreOffice Development mailing list

Italo Vignoli on Apr 11 13:30:27 UTC 2023 in “Next LibreOffice version
will be 7.6” wrote:

“At the same time, announce that this will be the last version following
the "old" numbering scheme, without providing clues for the following
numbering scheme (which will be based on the year.month paradigm).”

ESC minutes from May 25

It would be nice to have the proper next version number (after 7.6)
ready when master branches in a few weeks, and for the new release plan.
Has that been finalized yet? If not, can we get the decision made before
7.6 branches off? NOW is the appropriate time for deciding if we go to
7.7, or 8.0 or 24.02. (Justin)

+ my option (Justin): 24.02 is fine - good fit for regular, timed releases.
   + 7.7 is better. Nothing has "changed", so why make any change?
   + good time to change would be after 7.9, since 7.10 looks like 7.1.0.
   + TDF has donation money for development - so TDF/marketing has the
     to control when an 8.0 is appropriate.
     + for example, although I personally hate the notebookbar,
       there is high user demand for it.
       Something like defaulting to the notebookbar would be a worthy 8.0
       designation - since it is a highly user visible, significant change.
         + notebookbar wouldn't/couldn't be ready as default in 7.7

   + remember it was a marketing topic / issue (Olivier)
     + prefer to leave it that way (Thorsten)
     + like the idea (Miklos)
     + two versions: still vs fresh (Heiko)
       + current schema (7.4 vs. 7.5) is easy to recognize in contrast
         to 24.2 vs... 22.x?
       + if we change, it should be coupled with rolling releases

 + plan to write to the marketing mailing list, explaining it's a good
idea to make that decision now (Justin)

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