>Once the kernel version has been frozen for a release, the management of
>that kernel is much more strictly controlled. The only patches that get
>applied are those that have a bug associated with them. Stable kernel
>patches are "cherry-picked" based on user or security problems. There is a
>full-time kernel bug triager that tries to determine if a bug reporter has
>included enough information to have any hope of finding the
>problemotherwise it gets dropped. One way to ensure a bug gets fixed,
>though, is to "show the upstream patch that fixes the problem"; if that
>happens, it will get pulled into the kernel, Graner said.
This implies that Ubuntu will NOT be following the upstream stable 2.6.32.n updates, but will instead be cherry-picking their own independent set based on their own bug reports. Fixes that have been incorporated for which Ubuntu have no bug reports will be dropped. Sounds rather a waste. Why not patch on top of upstream?