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KernelTrap: New Kernel Development Model

Jul 22, 2004, 14:00 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jeremy Andrews for this link. ]

"An interesting thread on the lkml began when Greg KH submitted a patch for the 2.6 kernel saying, 'Ok, to test out the new development model, here's a nice patch that simply removes the devfs code.' This was quickly followed with a comment by Oliver Neukum who said, 'may I point out that 2.6 is supposed to be a _stable_ series?' In one branch of the thread, the usefulness of devfs was examined.

"In another thread, dicussion was focused on this 'new development model.' Jonathan Corbet explained that Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton were very happy with the results of their recent teamwork, and saw no immediate pressure to fork a 2.7 development branch. On the contrary, they intend to keep at it as they've been, with things first going into Andrew's -mm patchset for testing, then eventually being merged into the mainline 2.6 kernel. Jonathan went on to explain, 'Andrew stated his willingness to consider, for example, four-level page tables, MODULE_PARM removal, API changes, and more. 2.7 will only be created when it becomes clear that there are sufficient patches which are truly disruptive enough to require it. When 2.7 *is* created, it could be highly experimental, and may turn out to be a throwaway tree...'"

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