KernelTrap: Reflecting on the New Development Model
Apr 24, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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..."