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SubjectRe: Linux 3.0 change listings - Wonderful World of Linux 3.0

Thank you for the feedback. While I already have a section about what
v3 means right at the top, I will be reworking the exuberance out of
the finished text, cutting the use of the word "new", and making it
more clear that this is a "v2.6 retrospective", to use your term. I
will also place notices to that effect on each page of the web version
of the doc. I think I have done a reasonable job in summarizing where
Linux has moved to since the last "dot-zero" release, which was my
hope and intent, and now I just want to move the text to make that
more clear.

This has been a good experience. I regularly follow kernel development
and read change logs, but there were still numerous things that I
learned about Linux 2.6.x that I didn't know. The wide angle lens
helped me and I hope it can help others. (My inclination, if I do this
again, would be to do a yearly writeup (WWOL 2012), though perhaps
we'll have yearly point releases anyway.)

I will finish these changes by Sunday. The doc may be too long for
another kernel post, but I appreciate the corrections and feedback so
please keep them coming.


On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Calvin Walton <> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-05-31 at 22:13 +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
>> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 01:22:49AM -0400, Joe Pranevich wrote:
>> > Mike,
>> >
>> > Thank you. I appreciate the comments and the corrections. It was a
>> > marathon weekend and yes, I missed some obvious typos. Thanks.
>> >
>> I'd say that in general, almost all of the features you're announcing as
>> "new" will make unaware people think that older versions did not have
>> those features, which is quite misleading. Linus took great care to say
>> that 3.0-rc1 had very few changes, it can be a bit confusing to see a
>> post pretending it to be a revolutionary new kernel.
>> Probably that you should more clearly say that all those features were
>> progressively added in all 2.6 releases, otherwise I'm already expecting
>> to see a lot of idiocies posted in journals.
> Perhaps a simple change of the title and introduction would handle
> clearing this up. Instead of presenting it as a "What's new in Linux
> 3.0" article (which it is not, or it would be a lot shorter!), why not
> call it what it actually is: "A Retrospective of the Linux 2.6 era"?
> --
> Calvin Walton <>

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