"I've been releasing the Linux kernel stable releases since way
back when they first started up, in mid 2005. Early on, the most
excellent kernel developer Chris Wright helped out with this task,
but for the past few years, I've been doing this on my own.
These releases take the last kernel released by Linus and add
any needed bugfixes and other related patches that have gone into
Linus's development tree, and package it all up in a format that
users can use themselves during the 2-3 month development cycle
time while the kernel developers are madly working on creating the
next kernel release.