RFD: Kernel release numbering
Posted Mar 3, 2005 13:14 UTC (Thu) by ordonnateur
Parent article: RFD: Kernel release numbering
- <odd>.x.x: Linus went crazy, broke absolutely _everything_, and rewrote
the kernel to be a microkernel using a special message-passing version
of Visual Basic. (timeframe: "we expect that he will be released from
the mental institution in a decade or two").
That sounds reassuring. Long ago, when the PC business was very new, there seemed to be predictable semantics to relese numbers. If the software was any good it would be obvious from the first version. (but maybe wait for v1.01 to fix a few bugs). It was thus good, widely adopted, much feedback to developers and version 2.0 much improved (but maybe wait for 2.01). Somewhere between version 2 and version 3 must have been the perfect version, butit never seemed to be. Popularity brought in more users, who came with their own assumptions of what it should do and how it should work. Version 3 comes bloated with features and misapplied enhancements.
So lets hope there is never a Kernel v3.
Maybe 188.8.131.52.48.96 would do nicely
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