Re: On the kernel numbering scheme

From: Casey Schaufler
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 - 12:28:18 EST

On 4/16/2018 5:55 PM, \0xDynamite wrote:
> > The current kernel numbering scheme makes no sense at all because the
>> first two numbers don't represent anything at all. They had some meaning
>> back in the 1.x 2.x 3.x days but then with the introduction of the new
>> rolling development model, they became worthless.
>> I'd love to change the kernel numbering scheme to this:
>> So that the first kernel to be released in 2019 will be numbered
>> 2019.0(.0),
> If you're going to suggest changes, then you should do it like this:
> Change major numbers ONLY when you've introduced a new incompatibility
> with your API and increment minor numbers for everything else. THEN,
> the first number WILL mean something. If your software changes
> something outside the way users communicate with the kernel (major
> changes) and just changes something that COULD affect other software,
> then have multiple partitions in your release number, like 3.5.41.

Release numbering schemes are the ultimate opportunity
for bikeshedding. It doesn't frikking matter. Schemes that
are designed to convey anything more important than sequence
break down eventually. Schemes that convey nothing but
sequence can't be used to emphasize a major change. Let this
sleeping dog lie. You have better things to worry about.