Salt uses a date based system for version numbers. Version numbers are in the
YYYY.MM.R. The year (
YYYY) and month (
MM) reflect when the
release was created. The bugfix release number (
R) increments within that
Prior to the
2014.1.0 release, the typical semantic versioning was
still being used. Because of the rolling nature of the project, this did not
make sense. The
0.17 release was the last of that style.
To distinguish future releases from the current release, code names are used.
The periodic table is used to derive the next codename. The first release in
the date based system was code named
Hydrogen, each subsequent release will
go to the next atomic number <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_elements>.
An example might help clarify how this all works.
It is the year
2020 and the current code name is
Iodine. A release is ready
to be cut and the month is
June. This would make the new release number
2020.6.0. After three bug fix releases, the release number would be
After the release is cut, new features would be worked on under the
code name and the process repeats itself.