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    SubjectRe: 2.6.19 -mm merge plans
    Ingo Molnar wrote:

    >* Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I think the "big merges in the first two weeks, and a -rc1 after, and
    >>no new code after that" rule has been working because it brought
    >>everybody in on the same page.
    >>
    >
    >yeah. I dont really support the even/odd release thing because even the
    >old 1.2/1.3/2.0/2.1/2.2/2.3/2.4 scheme _always_ confused non-insiders.
    >Sometimes i saw it confuse people who already understood the GPL ;-)
    >Furthermore it would just dillute our version numbers to encode some
    >information that "-rc1" indicates just as well. Insiders know perfectly
    >well that when -rc1 is released the merge window is closed. And what
    >causes -rc elongation is usually not the lack of communication towards
    >users or lack of testing but the lack of fixing power ...
    >

    OTOH, if we were worried about confusing people, we wouldn't be
    using the acronym 'rc' for our 'Ridiculous Count', and have our rc1
    denote the result of 2 weeks of stuffing the tree with new features
    and intrusive changes, where people might mistake that for the much
    more common RC-as-in-'Release Candidate'. :)

    Our -rc is what everyone else knows as -pre, and our dot zeros
    basically correspond to what people think of as a release candidate.
    As a developer it doesn't hurt me and I do like the current system,
    but in principle I just dislike things that are more confusing than
    they could be.

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