Re: New dev model (was [PATCH] delete devfs)

From: Jason Cooper
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 19:40:56 EST

Andrew Morton (akpm@xxxxxxxx) scribbled:
> Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > There's much worth in having a very stable kernel. Many people use for
> > different reasons self-compiled kernels.

I have to agree with Adrian, the first thing I always do with a new
distro is rip out the kernel and drop in a vanilla from
I've been biten too many times by distro kernels. :(

> I wouldn't be averse to releasing a which is purely stability
> fixes against 2.6.20 if there is demand for it. Anyone who really cares
> about stability of kernels won't be deploying 2.6.20 within a
> few weeks of its release anyway, so by the time they doodle over to
> they'll find or whatever.

imho, I feel there are two main concerns with changing the development

1.) Need to have readily identifiable stable versions w/o
following lkml.
2.) Understanding the changing of version numbers in light of
this change of strategy.


wrt (1), I think the -rc? system would be simplest. 2.6.20 is stable,
2.6.20-rc3 is not.

wrt (2), assuming the naming stays the same:

major++ = major overhaul of core system.
minor++ = overhaul to drivers (or subset thereof).
patch++ = testing patches survived, appear stable.
extra++ = next set of testing patches applied.

Sure, this would mean version numbers start to creap up, but nothing is
stopping a kernel version 2.11.x (what?! where's my 3.0.1? We were
definitely supposed to have a 3.0 around here somewhere... Where's my
meds? *frowns*).


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