> > The date has always sense, representing the historical period in which a certain > > version was published, > > the problem is that you can take the source today and compile it next month. in that > case date would be not today, but next month. what is then the meaning? >
that the build was compiled a month after the release... that's kinda the point in having the field.
I have lot of older source trees lying around, it's nice to know the last time I compiled them..