Re: [RFC] Kernel version numbering scheme change

From: Bill Nottingham
Date: Thu Oct 16 2008 - 11:31:40 EST

Greg KH (greg@xxxxxxxxx) said:
> Distros properly patch things and backport "urgent OpenSSL security
> updates" to older versions of packages, so they would not run into this
> problem.
> Newer releases would run into this problem, but as almost all distros
> have huge, easy to run, build systems, a change like this would show up
> immediately and be fixed in a matter of hours, with the needed fixes
> being pushed upstream to the various packages as needed.
> So I really don't think this is much of a problem.
> It's interesting that openssl doesn't just check for Linux 1.x and
> assumes that Linux 9.23.12 will work just fine with what they are doing :)

Is it really worth the effort of having any such upstream have to
quickly patch and release, when the only benefit listed (earlier in
this thread) was to inform people how old their kernel is?

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