I’m afraid the Tor developers’ rational for their confounding version numbering is nothing less than bankrupt, as attested by the multitude of insider and end-user respondents here and on other fora.
Calling Tor "version 1.0" repeatedly and seemingly in perpetuity is bullshit (please pardon my profane but long overdue rhetorical intensification, since nothing else seems to work). Publishing the official but quashed version numbers, such as the current official v. 1.0 (the umteenth application of that v. number) which is actually designated v. 2.3.25-5, is the only honest and non-confusing way to go forward, as evidenced by the very many public comments published here and elsewhere at the release of every new “version 1.0” to which we’ve been subject for months now — many such months. In addition, the only truly useful and HONEST practice would be to publich the actual changes in each version CONCURRENT WITH THEIR RELEASE, which heretofore has NOT been the company’s practice.
We like Tor and its attendant technologies. And we even more appreciate that the developers have continued to offer it for free, But this freeness and its attendant versional obfuscation make uncomfortable if not antithetical bedfellows.
Come on, what do you have to hide lose? Or more to the point, what have you been hiding with this dishonest practice? And is is it any wonder that so many new such apps have been release in the just the past few months? Or has that gone unheeded too?