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Subjectre: Kernel Releases
David Relson <relson@osagesoftware.com> wrote:
> With the recent problems, the working
> versions tend to be the -pre1 or -pre2 releases, not the released
> one. With a bit of QA, I think we can have 2.4.x releases be the stable
> releases. Here's how...
>
> When the kernel maintainer, now Marcelo for 2.4, is ready to release the
> next kernel, for example 2.4.16, I suggest he switch from "pre?" to "-rc1"
> (as in release candidate). A day or two with -rc1 will quickly show if it
> has a show stopper. If so, then the minor fixes (and nothing else) go into
> -rc2. A day or two ..., and either -rc3 appears or we have a stable
> release and 2.4.16 is ready to be released.
>
> Let's go the extra distance and have the releases be usable, stable
> kernels! It's what users want and it's within the abilities of the
> developers to produce. Let's do it :-)

Hear, hear!

Also, Marcelo should get in touch with the nice folks at stp@osdlab.org
and find out what sort of regression tests they will be running on
his kernels. Perhaps he can wait for their feedback on the -rcX
kernels before declaring them final. (Not that they would have
found the 2.4.15 problem with their current tests, but they'll
catch a few things.)

- Dan
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