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SubjectA Humble Suggestion for 2.0/2.1 (fwd)
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> From: Todd Graham Lewis <tlewis@mindspring.com>
> Subject: A Humble Suggestion for 2.0/2.1
> Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 19:02:07 -0400

> The interim between 1.2.13 and 2.0 was _way_ too long. Linus admitted as
> much when he was at a loss to describe the new features since "I haven't
> used 1.2.13 in so long", or something to that effect.

> Next time, I think it would be a good thing if we (Hi, Linus!) were to
> release stable kernels with a higher degree of regularity. There are a
> number of process-control ways of doing this, and how to do it really
> isn't the point. If it can be done by people other than Linus, then we
> should look at that; if Linus has to do it, then we should all be willing
> to help, both with whatever parts of the kernel we work on and in general
> testing/pounding/bug-reporting.

From the standpoint of software developers (I am one), the longer between
kernels the better. Of course this does have to be balanced against peoples
need for new hardware support and new features. I suspect that a release
every 12 months is a good schedule to be on. We did not quite make that
this time (I am not even sure we were trying), but it is a good thing to
shoot for.

Jim


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