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SubjectRe: Are we going too fast?
Alan Cox wrote:
>
> > If this is truely the case, I'd suggest that kernel.org be modified, as
> > it refers to them as *stable*
> > as of 9:18PM PDT, direct copy & paste from kernel.org page:
> >
> > The latest stable version of the Linux kernel is: 2.4.8 2001-08-11 04:13
> > UTC Changelog
> >
> > The latest prepatch (alpha) version appears to be: 2.4.9-pre3 2001-08-13
> > 23:56 UTC Changelog
>
> Kernel.org certainly should list the 2.2 status (hey I maintain it I'm
> allowed to be biased). Its unfortunate it many ways that people are still so
> programmed to the "latest version" obsession of the proprietary world some
> times. For most people 2.4 is the right choice but for absolute stability
> why change 8)

Agreed. 2.2.x works just fine for us on our servers (some have been up for over a year, some maybe longer, but the longer they're up without problems, the
easier it is to forget they even exist ;) I am using 2.4 because my personal MoBo is so new, it's the only kernel that will work worth a darn on it. I am also
wanting to upgrade some servers as soon as a more stable kernel is available because there are some improvements in the newer kernels that I feel could be of
great benefit (but then that's my personal view, and not necessarily a company view). It has been long known that even numbered kernels are stable kernels, not
necessarily bug free (nothing is, escept for what I write ;-), and odd numbered are development kernels. By this definition, 2.4.x kernels are stable (in most
cases it seems it's the hardware that's not).

PGA

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