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Posted December 29, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development.

Some enterprising individuals have noticed that the version number in the nightly builds has jumped from 1.3 to 1.5. I’ve heard a number of interesting ideas for why this is, including:

  • Even numbers are soooo 2004
  • 2 + 3 = 5 (who can argue with that?)
  • They released 1.3 without telling us
  • They’re switching to letters (WordPress XP, WordPress CS, WordPress MX)
  • They’re switching to years (WordPress 2004, WordPress 2005…)

If you have your own theory then ping this entry. The funniest ping gets a free copy of WordPress 1.2005 XP edition.

(The real reason is we wanted the version to be indictative of the changes in the underlying codebase, and 1.5 has a lot. We’re still pretty conservative with version numbers though, if we were Microsoft we’d be on 10.0 already.)

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