> One of FOSS major wins has always been that our version numbers actually
> *have* semantics.
Yes. And that is exactly why this change was needed, the 2.6 in the beginning of the version string had lost all meaning. 2.8 would not have worked for what is planned here (the idea is to make all parts of the version number active again, so there will be a 3.1 which wont be a special development version or anything like that).