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Andrew Morton on kernel development

Andrew Morton on kernel development

Posted Jun 11, 2008 17:10 UTC (Wed) by MisterIO (guest, #36192)
In reply to: Andrew Morton on kernel development by Hanno
Parent article: Andrew Morton on kernel development

It may be interesting, unless kernel developers ignore the bug-fix only release and work on
new futures by themselves in the meantime.


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Andrew Morton on kernel development

Posted Jun 11, 2008 17:27 UTC (Wed) by hmh (subscriber, #3838) [Link]

It may be interesting, unless kernel developers ignore the bug-fix only release and work on new futures by themselves in the meantime.

Which many will do, causing total chaos in the next merge window. That's the reason why it was not done yet, AFAIK.

Now, if we could get a sufficiently big number of kernel regulars (like at least 50% of the ones with more than three patches merged in the last three releases) and all subsystem maintainers (so as to keep the new-feature-craze crowd under control) to pledge to the big bugfix experiment, then it just might work.

Andrew Morton on kernel development

Posted Jun 11, 2008 17:59 UTC (Wed) by proski (subscriber, #104) [Link]

It's not a matter of making developers doing something else. It's a priority thing. Most developers work both on new features and on bugfixes. Sometimes bugs are exposed as the code is modified to include new features.

If some kernel is declared stable, it mean that only bugfixes are accepted. In other words, the merge window is skipped. To make the point, the previous kernel could be tagged as rc1 for the stable kernel.

I don't know it it's going to work, but it may be worth trying once.


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