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SubjectRe: -longterm kernels
On Sat, May 07, 2011 at 04:55:03PM +0200, Stanislaw Gruszka wrote:
> On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 08:25:01AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > > BTW, Greg, perhaps -logterm releasing policy should be revised somehow.
> > > Currently we have .32, .33, .34, .35 -longterm, what is kind a much.
> >
> > It's not "much" if you rely on that kernel version, right?
> Yes, but maybe would be better if they do not relay on some versions in
> long term manner, and i.e. .33 users would use .32 and .34 users would
> use .35 instead?

You would think, but those kernels are being maintained for a reason
that those people feel matter.

> So perhaps having well defined rule/policy about which kernel
> version will be longterm updated, will allow distributions/users choose
> the same kernel version for they long live project. What in consequence
> will result that they together will have better tested and supported
> kernel.

Perhaps, but we've been doing just fine so far for over 5 years, right?

> > Nor if you aren't doing the work, no one forces anyone to backport any
> > patches to older kernels if they don't want to. The above patch was
> > asked to be backported as the original submitter wanted it there, hence
> > my asking for them to do it if they really wanted it.
> Sure. Actually I didn't want to complain about that. When I wrote
> "less work", I rather meant "less work" for these who want to fix old
> kernels bugs for whatever reason.
> > > If
> > > I could suggest something, would be nice to have longterm chosen
> > > versions predictable and constants i.e. one from every 3 kernel
> > > releases, like .35, .38, .41 ... . That would make distributions, that
> > > try to do release every half year very happy, because they will know
> > > what kernel to choose, which will be widely supported and tested.
> >
> > The distros are the ones doing this -stable and -longterm work, so they
> > very well know exactly what is going on.
> Hmm, I consider -stable rather as project. People from
> different distributions/communities cc patches to -stable, review them,
> do backports ...
> > If they want to have a
> > specific kernel version marked as "-longterm", then they do the work to
> > do so.
> >
> > What happens in the future, with future releases, is always unknown, as
> > hey, it's the future :)
> >
> > So I really fail to understand what you are asking for here.
> We have -stable rule that released kernel will be be updated until next
> release - about 2 months.

It's an informal rule, yes.

> I would like to add rule about -longterm kernels. That it have to be one
> form every 3 release, it will be updated about half a year - until next
> -longterm (with possibility of longer updates). Or some similar rule.

Nope, I'm not making such a rule, as you are trying to tell others what
to do here. And I'm not going to do that.

Also, I'm not going to promise to do such maintainership either, and
last I checked, no distro is going to do that either.

> That version should be good choice for distros and any other long live
> project, and natural candidate for "real longterm" i.e. a few years
> updated/supported kernel version.

Again, distros know exactly what is going on here, they don't need
anything new.


greg k-h

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