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From: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
To: Mike Snitzer <snitzer@gmail.com>
Cc: Ferenc Wagner <wferi@niif.hu>,
	Xavier Bestel <xavier.bestel@free.fr>, Greg KH <greg@kroah.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: currently active Linux kernel versions
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:29:05 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080213002905.GB29194@1wt.eu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <170fa0d20802121337t35787cbby52286f5a08ea2e15@mail.gmail.com>

On Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 04:37:54PM -0500, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Feb 12, 2008 4:18 PM, Ferenc Wagner <wferi@niif.hu> wrote:
> > Xavier Bestel <xavier.bestel@free.fr> writes:
> >
> > > On mar, 2008-02-12 at 21:27 +0100, Wagner Ferenc wrote:
> > >
> > >> which are the "currently active Linux kernel versions" at any point in
> > >> time?  The quote is taken from http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/2/11/29.
> > >> Or more precisely: which are the "stable" versions I can depend on for
> > >> a more or less critical server, those that have active security
> > >> support or receive at least critical bugfixes?  I know about the
> > >> 2.6.2[34].y stable git trees, but I wonder how long will those receive
> > >> attention (that is, security fixes).  Can I find a written policy
> > >> somewhere?
> > >
> > > The answer is at http://kernel.org/
> >
> > Not quite, at least I can't find 2.6.23.y there, even though that
> > branch seems to be maintained...
> 
> 2.6.16.x is still maintained (2.6.16.60 was recently released).
> 
> 2.6.22.x is still maintained but Greg KH is apparently going to be
> ending his duties on it after the next release or so.  There is some
> confusion as to whether Willy Tarreau will be taking on the 2.6.22.x
> tree once Greg is done, Willy?:
> http://lwn.net/Articles/268003/
> http://kerneltrap.org/Linux/Stable_2.6_Branches

Huh? I never said that! Maybe I did not explain myself well, but that
was not what I was saying. I was simply saying that the good news about
Greg keeping 2.6.22.y open was that I'd throw my 2.6.20.y away and rely
on his tree instead.

I'm not really sure there's a need for 2.6.22 for a longer time. I did
that for 2.6.20 because .21 was crappy, people did not want to jump to
the fresh new 2.6.22 and it was unfair to expect Greg&Chris to maintain
3 versions in parallel, it's already cool to have two of them.

2.6.23.y looks very good to me, so I don't see what particular reason
people would have not to switch right now. But if there is a very good
reason (not motivated by unfixed regressions) and *if* it does not take
me too many hours a week, I'm not against this idea since I'm still
using 2.6.22 on some machines right now. But don't expect too many
releases though.

> 2.6.23.x and 2.6.24.x are obviously quite active for stable@kernel.org

Regards,
Willy


  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-02-13  0:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-12 20:27 Wagner Ferenc
2008-02-12 21:13 ` Xavier Bestel
2008-02-12 21:18   ` Ferenc Wagner
2008-02-12 21:21     ` Oliver Pinter
2008-02-12 21:25     ` Xavier Bestel
2008-02-12 21:37     ` Mike Snitzer
2008-02-12 21:49       ` Oliver Pinter
2008-02-13  0:29       ` Willy Tarreau [this message]
2008-02-13  7:32       ` Ferenc Wagner
2008-02-13 16:14         ` Randy Dunlap
2008-02-12 22:37 Tomasz Chmielewski
2008-02-13  0:49 ` Willy Tarreau
2008-02-13  7:28   ` Ferenc Wagner
2008-02-13 10:24     ` Willy Tarreau

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