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Version 8 at 25 years

From: Daniel Stenberg via curl-library <>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 13:22:02 +0200 (CEST)


On March 20, 2023 (more than 18 months away) curl turns 25 years old. Assuming
we're all still around then.

I propose that we take that opportunity to do these two things:

1. Make a curl release on that exact date.

The current 8 week cycle would right now put the release on the 29th so it's
not going to change the date by much, and chances are the dates will be
slightly shifted before then anyway.

2. We call that release 8.0.0

... completely independently of what version we released immediately before
then and disregarding what we add or not in that release. We've been
ever-incresing the minor version number since the year 2000, and I've been
struggling to figure out how to avoid us reaching 100 and thereby possible
cause confusion among users.

I don't want to bump the soname or change any compatiblity or APIs because of
this. I just want us to work with smaller numbers for a while. I hope that one
of the benefits with bumping the major number is that everyone who sticks with
version 7 will rather soon feel outdated.

PS. Back in I 2013 blogged about why there won't be a version 8 "in a long
time"[*]. I think ten years can be considered "a long time" =)

[*] =

There's plenty of time left and things might change. This just struck me as a
decent plan.

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Received on 2021-09-02