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Linus Torvalds Considering End To Linux 2.6 Series 293

An anonymous reader writes "With the Linux 2.6 kernel set to begin its 40th development cycle and the Linux kernel nearing its 20th anniversary, Linus Torvalds has expressed interest today in moving away from the Linux 2.6.x kernel version. Instead he's looking to change things up by releasing the next kernel as Linux version 2.8 or 3.0."
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Linus Torvalds Considering End To Linux 2.6 Series

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  • Why not 20YY.x (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jisom ( 113338 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @06:08PM (#36222366)

    Why not make it 20YY.x where x is major release that year. and YY would be current 2 digit year. they been pushing releases every 3 months about.

  • Re:First number (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ice3 ( 1305003 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @06:20PM (#36222468)

    2.6.: still a stable kernel, but accept bigger changes leading up to it (timeframe: a month or two).

    2..x: aim for big changes that may destabilize the kernel for several releases (timeframe: a year or two) .x.x: Linus went crazy, broke absolutely everything, and rewrote the kernel to be a microkernel using a special message-passing version of Visual Basic. (timeframe: "we expect that he will be released from the mental institution in a decade or two").

  • Re:First number (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MrHanky ( 141717 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @06:21PM (#36222476) Homepage Journal

    GNU Emacs went from 1.12 directly to 13 since the major number wasn't expected to change. Linux can probably do one better and go from 2.6.41 to 42, considering it is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal