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SubjectRe: The naming wars continue...
On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 03:05:13PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> And the fact is, I can't see the point. I'll just call it all "-rcX",
> because I (very obviously) have no clue where the cut-over-point from
> "pre" to "rc" is, or (even more painfully obviously) where it will become
> the final next release.

This should be easy: the cut-over should be when you're tempted to
rename it 2.6.next. If you have no intention (or hope) of renaming
2.6.x-rc1 to 2.6.x, it is not a "release candidate" by definition.

What's the point? It serves as a signal that a) we're not accepting
more big changes b) we think it's ready for primetime and needs
serious QA c) when 2.6.next gets released, the _exact code_ has gone
through a test cycle and we can have some confidence that there won't
be any nasty 0-day bugs when we go to install 2.6.next on a production
machine.

> (*) In other words, I had a beer and watched TV. Mmm... Donuts.

Please devote some more beer and TV to this problem after you release
2.6.10.

--
Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.
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