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Longterm kernel proposal signals ongoing Linux growth

Aug 17, 2011, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

The Linux kernel development process may be getting a little tweaking if a proposal by stable kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman is accepted; tweaking needed to meet growing commercial interest in Linux.

The proposal is simple, on the surface and all the way down: Currently, the 2.6.32 kernel is maintained as a longterm kernel, a kernel release that is maintained as a stable release with bug fixes and patches for a relatively lengthy period of time. This is opposed to the official stable release of the Linux kernel, which is the kernel release most suitable for general use, and is dropped when the next release is moved into the stable category. (The current stable release, for example, is the 3.0.1 kernel.)

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