Re: 2.6.28-rc1 --> 2.8.0-rc1; 2.6.27.y --> 2.6.28 [Re: [RFC] Kernelversion numbering scheme change]

From: Mikael Abrahamsson
Date: Sat Oct 18 2008 - 04:17:49 EST

On Sat, 18 Oct 2008, Dominik Brodowski wrote:

Well, Linus hasn't yet changed SUBLEVEL or EXTRAVERSION[*]. But Adrian has already stated that he will support what is known as 2.6.27 for a long time. What about Linus naming the next release 2.8.0 (and move on with 2.8.1, 2.8.2, ... with no special meaning to the numbers), so instead of 2.6.28-rc1 it's 2.8.0-rc1. And once Adrian takes over from the -stable team, he could release 2.6.28, 2.6.29 and so on when he thinks a new minor number is appropriate, such as Willy intends to release 2.4.37.

Unless we change the meaning of the numbers, I see little reason to bump to 2.8.

The only reason for change would be to merge 2.6 into 3, so we don't need 2.6.29,, but instead we go to 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.0.2 and then 3.1-rc1 becomes 3.1 and 3.1.1 is the next patch of it, and then 3.2-rc1 etc. I don't see a problem to go over 9 on the second number either, so 3.23-rc1 is fine.

Makes it one less number to describe what kernel one is talking about. Saying is a bit cumbersome, I'd much prefer 3.0.2.

Mikael Abrahamsson email: swmike@xxxxxxxxx
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