All a Linux distribution really needs is any version of the Linux kernel that fits its needs. Linux businesses, like Canonical, Red Hat, and SUSE need more. When they build commercial Linux distributions they need to know that the base Linux kernel will have long-term support. That’s just what Linux Foundation fellow and leading Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is giving them.
Kroah-Hartman announced on his blog that the 3.10 Linux Kernel would be the next long-term kernel.