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    SubjectRe: RFD: Kernel release numbering
    Dave Jones wrote:
    > On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 04:00:46PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > > I would not keep regular driver updates from a 2.6.<even> thing.
    > Then the notion of it being stable is bogus, given how many regressions
    > the last few kernels have brought in drivers. Moving from 2.6.9 -> 2.6.10
    > broke ALSA, USB, parport, firewire, and countless other little bits and
    > pieces that users tend to notice.
    > The reason that things like 4-level page tables worked out so well
    > was that it was tested in -mm for however long, so by the time it got
    > to your tree, the silly bugs had already been shaken out.
    > Compare this to random-driver-update. -mm testing is a valuable
    > proving ground, but its no panacea to stability. There's no guarantee
    > that someone with $affected_device even tried a -mm kernel.
    > For it to truly be a stable kernel, the only patches I'd expect to
    > drivers would be ones fixing blindingly obvious bugs. No cleanups.
    > No new functionality. I'd even question new hardware support if it
    > wasn't just a PCI ID addition.

    Maybe I don't understand? Is someone expecting distro
    quality/stability from kernels?
    I don't, but maybe I'm one of those minorities.

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