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SubjectRe: Production vs development version numbers
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Joshua Stewart <joshua.stewart@comcast.net>  said:

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> If an even version is "stable", what types of differences are there
> between different patch levels of an even version, for example 2.4.x and
> 2.4.y. Are these bug fixes, performance boosters, or functionality
> additions?

Usually; but not always. Sometimes support for new hardware is added, and
there have been cases on larger scale changes.

> Also, when fixes are made to a stable version kernel, such as those
> added to 2.4.19 to give us 2.4.20, do those fixes get incorporated into
> the current development version as well?

The two veersions usually diverge rather fast. Changes in the development
version are sometimes backported to the stable version(s), sometimes fixes
form the stable series find their way into the development series.
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