1.4.4? But 1.4.3 isn't even out yet! I assume that's tomorrow?
EDIT: WTH? We skipped over 1.4.1, now we're skipping over 1.4.3. Is it even numbers only now?
Thats odd indeed...
Pun aside, there was a 1.4.3 pre but they noted some issues and decided to postpone the relase sheduled for today and saying that we problalby would get a 1.4.4 prerelease instead. Thought we won't see that either because of yet some other issues.
1.4.0 and 1.4.1 both had critical bugs that required a 1.4.2 pre-release, no really major bugs were found there so it became the release.
The bug tracker has been receiving a lot of bugs, Dinnerbone and Jeb and that have been going through those bug reports and fixing them.
During those fixes, they released a 1.4.3 pre-release, unfortunately, that pre-release had some pretty bad bugs in it, reduced framerate for one (i have a friend who on our vanilla 1.4.2 server can get 80FPS no mods, but when we upgraded to 1.4.3 he was getting 40fps no mods and random lag spikes), plus the can't swim against the stream water bug.
So, they release a 1.4.4pre-release (hopefully soon). If no major bugs are found in that pre-release it will become the next update, however, if people find bad bugs in that one too, then we will get a 1.4.5pre-release, and so the cycle will keep going until no more bad bugs.