On May 31, 2021, at 10:04 AM, Paul Koning via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
On May 31, 2021, at 8:06 AM, Antonio Carlini via
cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
Can someone explain RSTS/E version numbers to me?
They seem to be all over the place: V2A-19, V4A-12, V4B-17, V5A-21, V5B-24, V5C-01,
V6A-02, V6B-02, V6C-03.
Then it seems to have switched scheme but the "-number" suffix reappears: V7.0,
Any clarification would be helpful.
I think this might have been part of a general DEC change in version numbering
The earlier rule was that the first number is the major version, the letter is the minor
version. As of V7 it changed to major number dot minor number. In either case, the dash
number suffix is the baselevel number (development build cycle number). Those typically
restart at 0 or 1 for each release, so V5C-01 indicates only one baselevel was done for
that minor release. That may not be true in all cases; I doubt that V4B had 17 baselevels
so that number probably wasn't reset between V4A and V4B.
The definition of "minor release" was not always applied consistently. For
example, V6B was the first release that was built natively (using RT-11 emulation) rather
than using DOS. And its the first release that did bus probing at startup to figure out
the peripheral configuration and adjust the running monitor to match. That seems like a
pretty large change, but for some reason it didn't prompt a new major number.
The notation change happened part way through the V7.0 development cycle. I remember a
memo from management entitled "RSTS V7A canceled" :-) .
Found it. See