Re: [PATCH] README: make the README agnostic to version numbers

From: Josh Poimboeuf
Date: Mon Mar 09 2015 - 12:35:06 EST

On Mon, Mar 09, 2015 at 11:39:02PM +0800, Yaowei Bai wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 06, 2015 at 09:59:38AM -0600, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 03, 2015 at 10:08:02PM +0800, Yaowei Bai wrote:
> > > As we have moved to 4.x, it should be reflected in README.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Yaowei Bai <bywxiaobai@xxxxxxx>
> > > ---
> > > README | 34 +++++++++++++++++-----------------
> > > 1 file changed, 17 insertions(+), 17 deletions(-)
> >
> > Remove all references to Linux version numbers (except for the examples)
> > in the README so we won't have to update it again for Linux 5.0.
> It sounds great, but i think that would be more easily comprehensible with version
> numbers in README, especially for the ones who are not familiar with Linux kernel
> very much. Meanwhile, does it make sense for a software without version number
> in release file?

Personally I don't think the "4.x" numbers add anything to the
understanding of the document. And anyway, Linus doesn't update them to
4.0, 4.1, etc per release, so it's not a real release file.

> On the other hand, it only need *one* patch to update the version
> numbers in README every several years, i.e. about 8 years and 4 years
> for 3.x and 4.x, respectively.

True, changing this file every 4 years or so isn't a big deal. But
Linux doesn't do _big_ changes any more, so whether its "3.x", "4.x", or
"x.y", the use cases and release notes are the same.

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