Re: RFD: Kernel release numbering
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu Mar 03 2005 - 16:19:14 EST
Andries Brouwer <aebr@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> API stability: Stable series like 2.0, 2.2, 2.4 try to maintain
> the guarantee that user-visible APIs do not change. That goal
> has disappeared, meaning that anything might break when one
> upgrades from 2.6.14 to 2.6.16.
> This is one of the big disadvantages of the new 2.6 way.
It depends on what you call a "user visible API".
Changes which are visible to userspace are treated with great caution
nowadays[*]. I keep on rejecting patches...
Changes which are visible to third-party kernel modules are more
acceptable, but we're still fairly reluctant to make them.
So I think you exaggerate. And I don't see that the problem which you
describe is inevitably a part of the "new 2.6 way".
[*] I don't know any details of the /proc incompatibility which davej
mentions, and I'd like to. That sounds like a screw-up.
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