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    SubjectRe: RFD: Kernel release numbering
    On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 02:21:38PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:

    > - 2.6.<even>: even at all levels, aim for having had minimally intrusive
    > patches leading up to it (timeframe: a week or two)
    >
    > with the odd numbers going like:
    >
    > - 2.6.<odd>: still a stable kernel, but accept bigger changes leading up
    > to it (timeframe: a month or two).
    > - 2.<odd>.x: aim for big changes that may destabilize the kernel for
    > several releases (timeframe: a year or two)

    [...]

    Why not change the "2.6 prefix" to 2.8, 3.0 (or whatever) if/when you
    do go to a new naming scheme --- simply to make a clean break between
    the new and the old. Plus it will give the suckdork crowd[1] bigger
    numbers to drivel on about.

    That said it would be a large numerical leap without and real feature
    changes so perhaps that will further add to confusion?

    Sigh.



    [1] Well, and the CGL and similar people. "New CGL with improved
    version numbers and fewer calories!"
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