Re: Linux 2.4 future

From: John Bradford
Date: Tue Dec 02 2003 - 13:18:42 EST

Quote from Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>:
> On Tue, Dec 02, 2003 at 05:01:36PM +0100, Ionut Georgescu wrote:
> > I can understand that, but I don't take 2.6 for an answer. 2.4 is not
> > yet dead and it won't be for a long time, just as 2.2 has gotten to
> > 2.2.25, although 2.4.0 was out when, 3 years ago ?
> 2.4 has continued life, yes.
> But the real question is, should 2.4 continue to be developed?
> I agree with Marcelo, increasingly the answer should be "No". New
> features and core changes should be intended for 2.6. Bug fixes,
> security errata, and the like will always be OK for 2.4. Just like Alan
> continues to release new 2.2.x releases, when major bugs are found.

Even doing that becomes increasingly difficult when you have fewer and
fewer systems actually running the code.

Backporting a security fix to 2.0.x, and touching some core code,
could easily result in something breaking and it going unnoticed for
months, especially if it is something that's hard to trigger.

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