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A Linux Kernel More Stable Than -stable 142

jfruhlinger writes '-stable' is the term for the current Linux release most suitable for general use; but as Linux moves into more and more niches, there's a need for a kernel more stable than -stable, which is updated fairly regularly. Both enterprise and embedded systems in particular need a longer horizon of kernel stability, which prompted Greg Kroah-Hartman, then at SuSE, to establish a -longterm kernel, which will remain stable for up to two years. Now there are moves to get this schedule formalized — moves that are a good sign of Linux's long-term health."
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A Linux Kernel More Stable Than -stable

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  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @06:25PM (#37112986)

    Both enterprise and embedded systems in particular need a longer horizon of kernel stability, which prompted Greg Kroah-Hartman, then at SuSE, to establish a -longterm kernel, which will remain stable for up to two years.

    Have you ever taken a Kroah-Hartman test? It's a test designed to provoke an emotional response.

    Hartman: You're in a repository, compiling a kernel, when all of a sudden you look down.
    Dotzler: What version?
    Hartman: What?
    Dotzler: What version?
    Hartman: It doesn't make any difference what version - it's completely hypothetical.
    Dotzler: That's what I've been trying to convince the world all week!
    Hartman: Maybe you're fed up. Maybe you want to be by yourself. Who knows? You look down at the screen and see the codebase in TortoiseGIT. It's crawling toward release.
    Dotzler: TortoiseGIT? What's that?
    Hartman: You know what TortoiseSVN was?
    Dotzler: Of course!
    Hartman: Same thing.
    Dotzler: I've never seen a stable UI. But I understand what you mean.
    Hartman: You merge some code down, change the UI, and increment the release number just for the hell of it, Asa.
    Dotzler: Do you make up these questions Mr. Hartman? Or do Slashdotters just write cheap pop culture parodies instead of working?
    Hartman: The project lays on its back, its belly baking in the white-hot flames of a thousand angry users, beating its legs trying to make itself stable but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.
    Dotzler: What do you mean I'm not helping?
    Hartman: I mean you're not helping! Why is that, Asa? (pause) They're just questions, Asa. In answer to your query, it was either this or a filk based on a Rob Zombie song. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue?
    Dotzler: Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch!
    Hartman: Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.
    Dotzler: My mother?
    Hartman: Yeah.
    Dotzler: Let me tell you about my mother... *BLAM BLAM BLAM*

    "More stable than -stable", that's our motto.

  • by rust627 ( 1072296 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @08:13PM (#37113838)

    "....... I am sick of the comparison between the car and desktop-computer industries."

    This is /. How dare you sir.

    for such a sacrilegious statement you should go to the front counter and hand in your slashdot number and name /. without Car analogies would be like.... like....., like a car without seats.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @08:17PM (#37113868)

    I want more runtime, fucker!

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