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From: Willy Tarreau <>
To: Tomasz Chmielewski <>
Cc: LKML <>,
Subject: Re: currently active Linux kernel versions
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:49:51 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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On Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 11:37:14PM +0100, Tomasz Chmielewski wrote:
> Wagner Ferenc wrote:
> >which are the "currently active Linux kernel versions" at any point in
> >time?  The quote is taken from
> >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?
> I would say:
> a) the kernel your distro provides,

OK for this one

> b) if you're not using a kernel provided by your distribution, the 
> newest kernel from

Hummm... he said "a more or less critical server, those that have active
security support or receive at least critical bugfixes". So he does not
want surprizes :-)

> (there are some older, still maintaned kernels with security fixes, too).

I would suggest stable - N-1 for most usages. 2.6.24.y is open, 2.6.23.y is
supposed to be good. The advantage when you proceed like this is that you
can jump from an older kernel to a more recent one which has already got its
share of fixes and is still maintained for some time.

Generally, I would trust Greg when he drops an old kernel, it means that he's
confident enough in the next one.


  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-13  0:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-12 22:37 Tomasz Chmielewski
2008-02-13  0:49 ` Willy Tarreau [this message]
2008-02-13  7:28   ` Ferenc Wagner
2008-02-13 10:24     ` Willy Tarreau
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
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
2008-02-13  7:32       ` Ferenc Wagner
2008-02-13 16:14         ` Randy Dunlap

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