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At 08:17 AM 26/10/01 +0600, Anuradha Ratnaweera wrote:
>IMHO _nothing_ should be done for the final. A better alternative is to
>name a stable pre kernel as a final without changes. In the current
>scenario, a final kernel release is one which is _not_ tested.

My "personal" opinion is that final's are for Documentation updates,
correction of spelling errors in comments (not code, which needs testing),
and *possibly* trivial updates to data files (eg: like
linux/drivers/pci/pci.ids).

There have been a number of 2.4 issues in finals. Not all of them as
staggering as 2.4.11, but things like the driver issues with the sblive
(emu10k1) joystick stuff comes to mind, which was a 'final' addition.
Admittedly it's not a hugely critical system, but it was fairly visible.

What would also be nice is a list of actual changed files for each patch
mentioned in the ChangeLog, which if there is a problem between 2 revisions
of a kernel (wether they're pre's of the same major kernel, or different
major kernels), could really help pinpoint some problems a hell of a lot
faster. Doesn't have to be in the ChangeLog, but it'd nice to have about
(especially for those that don't keep every version of the kernel on disk).

Then again, opinions are like..... *grin*



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