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Re: Beta packages within stable releases



On 10/11/2009 06:09 AM, Jeroen van Meeuwen wrote:
On Sat, 10 Oct 2009, Ken Chilton wrote:
There used to be a practice in all things Linux where even-numbered release numbers implied stable releases, where odd-numbered releases were development tracks. The Linux kernel follows such a scheme, with 2.4.x and 2.6.x being the
(more) stable.

*Did follow such a scheme, but no longer. There is no 2.7.x for kinky development thingies for 2.8.x like there was 2.5.x for kinky 2.6.x development thingies, afaik.

Correct. The kernel developers changed to a four number scheme (e.g. 2.6.30.5, 2.6.31.5) for stable releases, with the last number a bugfix iteration, over the course from late 2005 (when the new unstable 2.7.x would have started, if not for the change) up to today. The current development/unstable for 2.6.32 is in the form 2.6.32-[rcx]-next (e.g. 2.6.32-rc3-next, which is the current unstable tree).

KC


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