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SubjectRe: Kernel Releases
On Sun, 25 Nov 2001 09:12:10 -0500, John Jasen <>

>On Sat, 24 Nov 2001, John Alvord wrote:
>> Development kernels are development kernels... nothing else. Look to
>> distributors for high degrees of quality assurance testing. When you run a
>> development kernel you have joined the development team, even if you don't
>> know it. Finding and reporting bugs is your job...
>That's why you stay away from 2.5.x, or 2.4.x-pre, or 2.4.x-ac -- which
>are development kernels. 2.4.x kernels are released kernels.

2.<even>.x are "stablizing" kernels, where (theoretically) only bug
fixes are accepted. But the code hasn't been through any QA cycle at
the moment of release. It is still a developer release in any
traditional software development definition.

I am quite impressed that Linus hangs on to the initial x.<even>
series until it becomes close to production quality. Notice that an
important user (google) came up with a severe error very late in the
day and Linus held things up for a few weeks until that was cleared.
Notice the months long struggle to decide on a VM solution. In this
cycle, it took maybe ten months to shepard 2.4.0 into something of
excellent potential that is a real step forward from the 2.2 series.

Everyone who participated can be proud.

john alvord
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