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SubjectRe: 2.6.19 -mm merge plans

On Sep 21 2006 08:25, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> - 2.6.<odd> is "the big initial merges with all the obvious fixes to make
> it all work" (ie roughly the current -rc2 or perhaps -rc3).
> - 2.6.<even> is "no big merges, just careful fixes" (ie the current "real
> release")

That sounds interesting. To me this looks like a careful approach at
more or less marking a release "this contains new stuff" and "this does
not", like 2.<odd>.x and 2.<even>.x, respectively, but of course without
the code divergence that happened between 2.4 and 2.5.

Will there be a -stable branch for 2.6.<odd>s, or will they be limited
to 2.6.<even>, just like there is no -stable for -rcs?

>Each would be ~3 weeks, leaving us with effectively the same real release
>schedule, just a naming change.

More or less, yes. Let's assume a "good release" (one with a fair number
of -rcs), and compare both approches (hope your MUA does tabs=8):

Week/Current Current style Week/Proposal Your proposal
+0 2.6.18 +0 2.6.18
+2 2.6.19-rc1 - none
+3 2.6.19-rc2 +3 2.6.19
+4 2.6.19-rc3 - none
+5 2.6.19 +6 2.6.20
+7 2.6.20-rc1 - none
+8 2.6.20-rc2 +9 2.6.21
+9 2.6.20-rc3 - none
+10 2.6.21 +12 2.6.22
(+1 between each -rc is purely assumptional)

Though this is a purely dry mathematical table. We did not always stick
to a "-rc3 at most" rule, but gone up to like -rc7 recently. With the
new versioning scheme, no such thing seems likely to be happening
(excluding of course external influences like people travelling).
IOW, the schedule gets more organized. I like that idea.

(Based upon the assumption that 1 week passes between each -rc
release, there would, with the new proposal, 'only' be 243 weeks to hit
2.6.99 instead of 405. That is, version numbers go up faster :)

Jan Engelhardt
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