Linux Kernel 3.12

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Linux Kernel 3.12
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Note di rilascio:

I was vacillating whether to do an rc8 or just cut the final 3.12, but
since the biggest reason to *not* do a final release was not so much
the state of the code, as simply the fact that I´ll be traveling with
very bad internet connection next week, I didn´t really want to delay
the release. Sure, we had a number of driver reverts, and there was an
annoying auto-NUMA memory corruption fix series, but none of it was
really worth delaying 3.12 for.

But the fact that I´m going to be (effectively) off-line next week
means that I´m *not* opening the merge window for 3.13 yet - since I
won´t have the bandwidth to really do merges anyway.

That doesn´t mean that you can´t send me pull request for the merge
window early, of course - maintainers can *always* send their pull
requests early rather than late, if they have everything lined up and
ready. But if you have some feature that still wants polishing, you
basically get a free week to do that.

So the two-week merge window for 3.13 will start a week from now. You
have an extra week. But that also means that I will be doubly
disappointed in anybody who then leaves their merge request until the
*end* of that two-week merge window.


Onto a totally different topic: we´re getting to release numbers where
I have to take off my socks to count that high again. I´m ok with
3., but I don´t want us to get to the kinds of crazy
numbers we had in the 2.x series, so at some point we´re going to cut
over from 3.x to 4.x, just to keep the numbers small and easy to
remember. We´re not there yet, but I would actually prefer to not go
into the twenties, so I can see it happening in a year or so, and
we´ll have 4.0 follow 3.19 or something like that.

Now, it´s just a number (since we´ve long since given up on
feature-related releases), and it´s at least a year away, so why do I
even mention it at all?

The reason I mention it is because I´ve been mulling over something
Dirk Hohndel said during LinuxCon EU and the kernel summit. He asked
at the Q&A session whether we could do a release with just stability
and bug-fixes, and I pooh-poohed it because I didn´t see most of us
having the attention span required for that
(cough*cough*moronic*woodland creature*cough*cough).

So I may be pessimistic, but I´d expect many developers would go
"Let´s hunt bugs.. Wait. Oooh, shiny" and go off doing some new
feature after all instead. Or just take that release off.

But I do wonder.. Maybe it would be possible, and I´m just unfairly
projecting my own inner squirrel onto other kernel developers. If we
have enough heads-up that people *know* that for one release (and
companies/managers know that too) the only patches that get accepted
are the kind that fix bugs, maybe people really would have sufficient
attention span that it could work.

And the reason I mention "4.0" is that it would be a lovely time to do
that. Roughly a years heads-up that "ok, after 3.19 (or whatever),
we´re doing a release with *just* fixes, and then that becomes 4.0".


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