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SubjectRe: Linux
On Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 06:34:32PM +0200, Rene Rebe wrote:

> Hi Adrian,

Hi René,

> first front off: thanks for the phantastic 2.6.16 stable maintenance.
> Currently I wonder if you have any plan for doing the 2.6.16 review
> for let's say "years", or if you "soon" pick some new series such as
> 2.6.20 or so for long-term maintenance.

I'm not yet decided whether I'll do the same for some future kernel, but
even if I'll do it, that wouldn't imply an immediate dropping of the
2.6.16 series - especially since in a "security fixes only" mode
maintaining it would require nearly zero work.

> I ask because I wonder if I should wait a bit with a production 2.6.17
> kernel line I maintain right now for just one installation base, if you
> choose some 2.6.2x I can hop on, or whether it is wiser to just downdate
> this series and profit from the "long-term" 2.6.16 maintenance that is
> no fun to replicate for 2.6.17 just for this one install pool ...

If I'll maintain a more recent kernel series, that would be >= 2.6.22.
So if you need something in the near future that wouldn't help you.

If 2.6.16 works for you that sounds like a good option, otherwise you
could get security support [1] by building upon some distribution kernel
(e.g. Ubuntu 6.10 that will get security updates for the next 12 months
ships with a 2.6.17 kernel).

> Thanks in advance,


[1] and that's what the "long-term maintenance" of 2.6.16 is really
about: no regressions and security fixes


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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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