Re: [RFC] Kernel version numbering scheme change

From: Greg KH
Date: Fri Oct 17 2008 - 14:49:16 EST

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 02:46:27PM +0200, Giacomo A. Catenazzi wrote:
> Greg KH wrote:
>> We number the kernel based on the year, and the numbers of releases we
>> have done this year:
>> For example, the first release in 2009 would be called:
>> 2009.0.0
>> The second:
>> 2009.1.0
>> If we want to be a bit more "non-zero-counting" friendly: we can start
>> at "1" for the number:
>> 2009.1.0 for the first release
>> 2009.2.0 for the second.
>> Then the stable releases can increment the minor number:
>> 2009.1.1 for the first stable release
>> 2009.1.2 for the second.
>> and so on.
>> Benefits of this is it more accuratly represents to people just how old
>> the kernel they are currently running is (2.6.9 would be have been
>> 2004.9.0 on this naming scheme.)
>> Yes, we can handle the major/minor macros in the kernel to provide a
>> compatible number so that automated scripts will not break, that's not a
>> big deal.
>> Any thoughts?
> What about:
> - rc releases: a 2009.5.0-rc4 become suddenly 2010.0.0-rc5 ?

Sure, what's the big deal?

> - a stable version in January of a kernel released in December
> still has the old year? (I hope yes, but it could confuse users.)

stable versions would not modify the year.

> - when (if) we need a big innovative (or incompatible) kernel
> change, how to mark old and new kernels?

Based on our current development model, this isn't an issue.


greg k-h
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