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SubjectRe: [stable] [Stable-review] Future of the -longterm kernel releases (i.e. how we pick them).
On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 03:26:56AM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-08-15 at 07:21 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:21:59AM -0700, david@lang.hm wrote:
> > > rather than having a hard schedule (the first kernel released after
> > > July 1 each year for example I know this is not the exact proposal),
> > > I think that it would be better to pick the -longterm kernel a few
> > > months after it has been released (3.4 is looking very good, the
> > > normal minor driver fixes in -stable, but no fundamental regressions
> > > have been reported, it's the new -longerm kernel for example)
> > >
> > > doing so doesn't give the predictability that some people will want
> > > in knowing that their September release will always have a fresh new
> > > -longerm kernel, but I think the result would be better -longterm
> > > kernels. However, to get the information about how good the kernels
> > > are, I think that the -stable timeframe would need to be extended to
> > > give the kernels time to settle and gather reports. I would then
> > > suggest scheduling that once a year you look at the last couple
> > > -stable kernels and pick one of them rather than designating the new
> > > -longterm kernel ahead of time.
> >
> > Yes, that's a very good idea. I've seen problems in the past when
> > distros have made a time-based decision to pick a kernel version and
> > then the problems that this can cause if it happens that a subsystem
> > really had issues for that release.
> >
> > So yes, I'll take a look at the bug reports and how things are working
> > out to pick the next -longterm. I'll also take into consideration any
> > companies/major users that are going to be using that release as well,
> > so it greatly behooves people to talk to me about their plans (hint,
> > hint...)
> [...]
>
> This might be a good discussion to have at Kernel Summit, if enough
> distro people are going to be there.

I doubt the proper distro people will be at the Kernel Summit, sorry.
Perhaps at Plumbers or at LinuxCon Europe?

greg k-h


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