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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.9-rc1
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Followup to:  <Pine.LNX.4.58.0408241221390.17766@ppc970.osdl.org>
By author: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> Hmm.. I have no strong preferences. There _is_ obviously a well-defined
> ordering from x.y.z.1 -> x.y.z.2 (unlike the -rcX releases that don't have
> any ordering wrt the bugfixes), so either interdiffs or whole new full
> diffs are totally "logical". We just have to chose one way or the other,
> and I don't actually much care.
>
> Any reason for your preference?
>

I concur with this preference, and for this reason:

Right now I'm treating x.y.z.w as a strange form of -pre, -rc, or
-test kernels.

Dealing with the various forms of the kernel naming scheme would
become even more complex if point releases were handled differently.

-hpa

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