I agree that the kernel development is being handled differently now,
which is resulting in a larger number of releases in the stable line. I
do not agree that this indicates a lower level of quality. I think it is
simply factual that the one does not necessarily imply the other.
Kernel releases with corrected functionality are being created faster
than in the past, enabling users to get these fixes sooner. If users
feel the need to reboot for every one of these updates, then the fixes
may be seen as something of a nuisance. However, the alternative is to
not apply the fixes. In the past, the choice was not available, fixes
were provided less frequently and less rapidly, and so there was a longer
window of vulnerability and no possibility for frequent reboots. You can
simulate the old situation by installing fewer kernels.
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