Windows 7 only has the version number 6.1 because driver makers are lazy and bumping the major version number up was what caused most drivers to fail on windows vista, not that they didnt work but just that the drivers checked for the xp version number and if they didnt find it they failed. To avoid this issue happening again in windows 7 they just bumped up the minor version number instead.
Originally Posted by Mystro256
Yeah, geometry shaders were mentioned because they are the big thing for GL 3.2. Although GLSL 1.50 will also be a non-trivial undertaking.
Originally Posted by TheCycoONE
Speaking of geometry shaders, since most of you haven't gotten a progress update on that in the last couple of weeks, here's an update. I had a frustrating week or so but progress is back on track as of yesterday. There's still some more stuff to do in the code, but the biggest remaining things before it's ready for sending to the Mesa mailing list are writing Piglit tests for geometry shaders, squashing any Piglit regressions in existing tests, and creating an actual, logically ordered patchset from the changes.
So, for Firefox, they basically decided that the minor numbers weren't meaningful, so they'd just have a single number they'd increment each release - this being a lot more sensible than the previous run of 3.0, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, based on trying to assess how big a change a release would be.
Originally Posted by droidhacker
For the kernel, it's kind of similar - it'd been stuck on 2.6.x for so long, that Linus figured the first two digits had become meaningless and the third was getting too big, and so he might as well change the scheme and release 3.0.
Can't speak for Windows, but I think it's tied to significant architectural changes - a major marketing release might have a new version, or it might just be a minor bump if the behind-the-scenes changes aren't too big.
I joined Mesa during the 7.x era and bumping the version twice in a row doesn't feel right.
From what I know, 3.0 starts the third decade in the life of the Linux kernel. There are approx. 4 releases per year. that's 40 releases per decade. The second decade consisted of versions 2.6.0 up to 2.6.39. The third decade should consist of versions 3.0 up to 3.39 unless Linus changes his mind.
Originally Posted by Delgarde
Like somebody said, Windows Seven/8 is a marketing name. Windows 8 will probably be Windows NT 6.2 internally.