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SubjectRe: RFC: Starting a stable kernel series off the 2.6 kernel
On Sat, Dec 03, 2005 at 09:31:03AM -0500, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-12-03 at 14:56 +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > The current kernel development model is pretty good for people who
> > always want to use or offer their costumers the maximum amount of the
> > latest bugs^Wfeatures without having to resort on additional patches for
> > them.
> >
> > Problems of the current development model from a user's point of view
> > are:
> > - many regressions in every new release
> > - kernel updates often require updates for the kernel-related userspace
> > (e.g. for udev or the pcmcia tools switch)
> >
> > One problem following from this is that people continue to use older
> > kernels with known security holes because the amount of work for kernel
> > upgrades is too high.
> What you're suggesting sounds just like going back to the old style of
> development where 2.<even>.x is stable, and 2.<odd>.x is development.
> You might as well just suggest that after 2.6.16, we fork to 2.7.0, and
> 2.6.17+ will be stable increments like we always used to do.
> You're just munging the version scheme :)

The 2.6.17+ development model is different from a traditional 2.7
development model in the sense that 2.6.17+ contains regular relatively
stable releases.

But yes, what I suggest is partially a step back in a way that it
doesn't conflict with the current 2.6.17+ development model.

Well, if taking the best from the old style development is improving
things that isn't something bad.



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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