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On Sun, 16 Sep 2001 08:09:14 +0100 (BST), Riley Williams
<rhw@MemAlpha.cx> wrote:

>Hi Vinolin.
>
>> Can you please reply me "which is the stable version of linux" now?
>
>That depends what you mean by "stable", as there are currently two
>parallel stable development trees:
>
> 1. "Stable and ready for production use" is the latest 2.2 series
> kernel, found at ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.2/ on
> the Internet.
>
> 2. "Stable but untested in production use" is the latest 2.4 series
> kernel, found at ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/ on
> the Internet.
It would be most accurate to label 2.4 as "stablizing", meaning that
bug fixes only are being accepted. Of course some pretty extensive
bugs are being working on... like the Virtual Memory area...

Stable versions come from distributors who test a given level
extensively, and add in any needed fixes, and stand behind the result.
You can't expect that from developers and you won't get it even if you
do expect it.
>
>Basically, the 2.4 series kernels are stable and contain all the latest
>kernel technology, but you are advised to test your setup on a system
>whose stability doesn't matter and satisfy yourself that they are
>suitable for your use.
>
>Best wishes from Riley.
>
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