On Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:17 Takashi Iwai wrote:
as we've started the development of openSUSE Leap
42.3, this question
Should we -
A) use a kernel based on SLE12-SP3 (4.4.x), or -
B) fork an own branch based on 4.9.x?
Personally I would very much prefer a SLE backed kernel as I believe
these are much better maintained, based on my experience with Evergreen
11.4 and 13.1 and (shortly) openSUSE-42.2. On the other hand, I can see
that 4.4 kernel would be unacceptable for many users with new hardware.
We do backport hardware support in SLE but that's strongly focused on
hardware interesting for SLE customers which can be very different from
what openSUSE users want and need.
So I'm afraid switching to newer kernel will be inevitable. But based on
previous experience with openSUSE kernels without upstream stable, we
should IMHO try hard to have an upstream LTS. So I guess it should be
first LTS that is announced (4.9?).
As most of my systems would work nicely with 4.4, I'm seriously
considering either keeping openSUSE-42.2 alive after it's officially
retired or creating an alternative 42.3 kernel branch based on
SLE12-SP3. Providing such (unofficial) alternative could satisfy users
who would prefer older but SLE backed kernel.
C) keep rolling until the next LTS kernel is released,
then stick with
I don't like this idea very much. Personally, I wouldn't mind, but I'm
afraid we have a lot of users using out-of-tree drivers and big part of
them is even using closed source out-of-tree drivers.
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