Posted May 27, 2011 3:20 UTC (Fri) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
In reply to: Event based by jd
Parent article: 2.8.0?
> The reality is that kernel releases are event-driven, not time-driven.
On what evidence do you base that claim?
It hasn't always been this way but the current release process is very much time based. There is a 2 week merge window for bugs to be added (as well as new features), then a 2 month (approx) stabilisation period for most of those bugs to be removed (but no new features). Then Linus releases and we repeat.
Linus does have some discretion to adjust those times and to extend or shorten the stabilisation period as seems appropriate, so there is a small extent to which events do drive the release, but it is mostly time based.