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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add a personality to report 2.6.x version numbers
On Sun, 21 Aug 2011, Arnaud Lacombe wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 7:15 PM, Andi Kleen <andi@firstfloor.org> wrote:
> > From: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>
> >
> > Reposting due to popular demand. Several other people are running
> > into the same problem with all kinds of software.
> >
> > Only change is rebase against current master.
> >
> FWIW, couldn't this be made a boot option ?
>
> That might help some distros, say Fedora, who actually ships
> 2.6.40+x-branded kernels, or allow people to use no longer supported
> distros with recent kernels.
>
> About this last point, once functional, I intend to upgrade my trixbox
> install (based on 2.6.18) to a 3.x-ish kernel, that might be fun...
>

Just a random thought.
Since this is purely to be backwards compatible with binary only software
that makes bad assumptions about the kernel version (as far as I can
tell at least), shouldn't we make it explicit from the beginning that this
will have a limited life time by adding it to
Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt with a removal date at
somewhere soon(ish) like 3.6 (or something) at day one?
I can't imaging we'd want to support something like this forever going
forward... or..?

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