Re: [RFC] Kernel version numbering scheme change
From: Felipe Balbi
Date: Mon Oct 20 2008 - 18:28:45 EST
On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 02:06:48PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 11:54:00PM +0300, Felipe Balbi wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 01:30:33PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > IMHO, having a small number of small digits is the way to go. Using
> > > > 1 or 2 digits for the major and 1 for the minor is fine. After 3.9, you
> > > > go to version 4.0. Anyway, there are so many changes between versions
> > > > these days that any new versions could justify a major change (eg:
> > > > check the size of the 2.6.27 patch).
> > > >
> > > > With versions from 1.1 to 9.9, you can go as high as 88 versions,
> > > > which is about 22 years of development at current pace. After that,
> > > > we can simply turn to 10.0 and not break anything.
> > > >
> > > > It's also easier for users. Check how many non-kernel techies around you
> > > > know all 3 digits of the version they use. It's easier to remember 4.3
> > > > than it is to remember 2.6.27.
> > >
> > > I agree that would be nicer, and easier for everyone.
> > It's true it would be easier for tracking down and remembering the
> > version number, but on the other hand, the good thing about this
> > version number system is that we now 2.6.xx is a rather stable and
> > complete kernel tree and when we move to 2.7, we know it'll be the start
> > for the 2.8 kernel series.
> Um, did you not get the memo 3 years ago saying we are changing our
> development model and there will not be a 2.7 development series?
> Damm, I thought I had printed it out and placed it on everyone's chairs.
> Those pesky cleaners must have picked it up and recycled it, sorry about
> > Just like the migration from 2.4 to 2.5.
> Please don't bring up the dark ages again, many of us went through
> things back then that have taken a lot of counseling to be able to get
sorry if i'm developing linux kernel for as long as you are. It's really
not my business how many hours of counseling you had to attend to get
over a version numbering change.
Maybe you still need a bit more, judging by your reply.
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