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Re:What scheme *does* the Linux kernel use then?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 14, 2005 11:48 PM
Sort of yes, sort of no. It is true that the even/odd version numbering is not in use right now even though there is kernel development going on. So in a way, no, the article is not incorrect, in that this versioning is not being used. However, Linus has indicated that when he feels that a change to the kernel is required that is major enough to warrant a separate development branch he will probably open up a 2.7 branch. At the very least the next stable minor version will not be 2.7, since odd number minor versions are reserved for unstable branches. It will either be 2.8 or 3.0. So in a way, yes, the article is incorrect that the even/odd versioning is obsolete.

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