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KernelTrap: Linux: 2.6.16.y, Defining Stable

Sep 27, 2006, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"In August 2006 Adrian Bunk took over maintainership of the 2.6.16.y stable kernel. With the release of the 2.6.16.30-pre1 patch, concerns were expressed as to what makes a stable tree. The inclusion of new features led -stable maintainer Greg K-H to observe, 'all of these patches seem like these are new features being backported to the 2.6.16.y kernel, which is not really allowed under the current -stable rules.' Adrian responded, 'they add support for additional hardware to the saa7134 driver. If you look at the actual diff there's not much that could cause any regression since nearly all of these changes don't change anything for the already supported cards.' Greg cautioned, 'if you want to accept new drivers and backports like this, I think you will find it very hard to determine what to say yes or no to in the future. It's the main problem that everyone who has tried to maintain a stable tree has run into, that is why we set up the -stable rules to be what they are for that very reason...'"

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