Re: [RFC] Kernel version numbering scheme change

From: el es
Date: Thu Oct 16 2008 - 05:34:20 EST

H. Peter Anvin <hpa <at>> writes:

> el es wrote:
> > - informative : the ww and tt numbers are the week numbers of when the actual
> >
> > release HAPPENED, not when it is predicted.
> >
> Which really sucks for dealing with future releases.

Why ?
What do you mean by 'future releases' ?
Can you predict exactly when the next release will happen ? The current practice
of -rcX shows clearly you cannot.

Moreover, with my idea you could easily say, which stable release is still
supported (and how old its mainline really was) up to the week, which IMHO is
granular enough.
Also you could for sure say, that e.g. a device/software that hit market in say
December this year, will be compatible with e.g. 2.09.XX+ - look at users POV.

Current scheme is great, established and understandable, but sucks at this
point : for any product, be it hardware or software, you need to print both its
date of creation AND the minimum kernel that supports it. With my idea, it is
only the date you need.

> -hpa


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