On Wednesday 01 February 2012 06:18:59 pm Larry Finger wrote:
It is certainly true that as a particular release
nears EOL, that
kernel is quite dated. In particular, there are a number of devices
that are not supported, which forces the users to use work-arounds
such as building their own kernels, or installing compat-wireless. I
feel we should be able to do better.
Stable kernel branches aren't meant for hardware enablement, so doesn't
help either way.
Installing a new stable kernel seems a good idea to
me, but not with
the 3.x.0 release. There are too many problems not detected by the
hardware available to the -rcX testers, but by .2, these have mostly
been detected and fixed.
I'm afraid you misunderstood Jiri's question. Let's take a concrete
example to make it clearer: openSUSE 12.1 was released with kernel
3.1.0. The first maintenance update which was released one week ago is
based on stable kernel 3.1.9. The question is: was it a good idea, or
should have we stayed with 3.1.0 for the product's whole lifetime.
If the policy on kernels is changed, there
should also be a change in zypper so that at least 2 kernels are
kept. That way the user can always fall back to the one they were
This would certainly be a good idea, regardless of this discussion's
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