Kernel bugs: out of control?
Posted May 11, 2006 23:59 UTC (Thu) by malor
In reply to: Kernel bugs: out of control?
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I'm running testing on production servers because testing is current enough to be useful and essentially never breaks things. I'm just using the kernel from unstable, becuase that's the only one that works in all cases. I actually had to use a Ubuntu kernel for awhile when things were really bad with 2.6.15.
Linux 2.4 always pushed security fixes out right away... I don't remember Marcelo sitting on security patches. He'd accumulate a bunch of non-security stuff and roll it out all at once, but security patches were immediate release. And in the 5.5 years of 2.4's existence, it's had 32 total releases... and 10 of those were when Linus was still tinkering with it. So 22 is more accurate.
22 patches in 5 years, I can handle, particularly since many of them were optional... just new drivers, not security fixes, which meant they could be deployed whenever there was time.
16 patches in five weeks, nearly all of them immediate must-install security fixes... that's not so good.
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