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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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