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On Monday, May 30, 2011, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Yay! Let the bikeshed painting discussions about version numbering
> begin (or at least re-start).
>
> I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It
> will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse
> enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can
> no longe rcomfortably count as high as 40.
>
> The whole renumbering was discussed at last years Kernel Summit, and
> there was a plan to take it up this year too. But let's face it -
> what's the point of being in charge if you can't pick the bike shed
> color without holding a referendum on it? So I'm just going all
> alpha-male, and just renumbering it. You'll like it.
>
> Now, my alpha-maleness sadly does not actually extend to all the
> scripts and Makefile rules, so the kernel is fighting back, and is
> calling itself 3.0.0-rc1. We'll have the usual 6-7 weeks to wrestle it
> into submission, and get scripts etc cleaned up, and the final release
> should be just "3.0". The -stable team can use the third number for
> their versioning.
>
> So what are the big changes?
>
> NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Sure, we have the usual two thirds driver
> changes, and a lot of random fixes, but the point is that 3.0 is
> *just* about renumbering, we are very much *not* doing a KDE-4 or a
> Gnome-3 here. No breakage, no special scary new features, nothing at
> all like that. We've been doing time-based releases for many years
> now, this is in no way about features. If you want an excuse for the
> renumbering, you really should look at the time-based one ("20 years")
> instead.
>
> So no ABI changes, no API changes,

Well, actually there is one. ;-) The shutdown/suspend/resume callbacks have
been removed from struct sysdev_class and struct sysdev_driver.

Not that this is important to anyone except for the 10 people or so who care,
but still. :-)

Thanks for the numbering change,
Rafael


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