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The only thing you're saying is that it's lamentable that they use the "5.4" version number for something that's not a minor version.

That's what this is, this is the next major version of Lua.

I think new versions of a language, major or minor, breaking compatibility with old code is generally lamentable regardless of version scheme. The version scheme they chose is not the root of my disappointment. Because so many programs will likely never upgrade their version of Lua, this leads to fragmentation of the community.

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