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KernelTrap: Reflecting on the New Development Model

Apr 24, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"At the July 2004 kernel summit, it was decided that there was no need to fork a 2.7 kernel to introduce new functionality into the Linux kernel. Instead, the decision was made that it was possible for Andrew Morton and Linus Torvalds to continue working together to first merge things into Andrew's -mm tree, and then after testing the changes to merge them into Linus' mainline tree. This of course led to discussion, with some confusion as to how the 2.6 kernel could be considered stable while new features were still being merged in. During another short discussion nine months after this decision, Rik van Riel offered some insight into why the new development model works..."

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