Posted May 24, 2011 7:22 UTC (Tue) by kragil (guest, #34373)
In reply to: Date based by job
Parent article: 2.8.0?
Well, first of all kernel releases are time based. So normal version numbers make less sense than date based ones. That just valid and logical.
Kernel devs may not need the dates, but it would help consumers comparing products that ship with Linux inside. Most grandmas won't care, but geeks and "prosumers" will.
And lazy companies couldn't BS people with stuff like: "We support the 2.6 kernel"
My hope is that a date based scheme would put a little more pressure on companies to work upstream and ship recent kernels.
But as I already said: Red Hat, HP, Google etc won't like it and they at the end of the day pay the bills for most of people deciding this, so it won't happen.