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[opensuse-factory] Re: [opensuse-kernel] Tumbleweed kernel changes to help upstream development
  • From: Andrew Wafaa <awafaa@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:15:24 +0100
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On 28 August 2012 06:05, Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi all,

As part of one of the Linux kernel Summit discussions today, it was
brought up that after a kernel is released (for example 3.5), it's a bit
too late to be doing testing to see how well it is working out. The .0
release is usually a bit rough, and it takes until the .1 or .2 release
to get most major issues out of the way.

So, the kernel developers would like to get a wider range of testing,
and one thing proposed would be to have rolling distros switch their
kernel over a bit earlier to the new release than they had been doing.
Specifically, around the -rc5 point in time would be great. That way,
any reported regressions could be fixed sooner and get into the final .0
release for everyone to use.

Now this does place a bit of a larger burden on the users of those
distros to be diligent in reporting problems, and the distro engineers
to report the issues upstream as well, but it sounds like a reasonable
thing to try out.

So, for the next kernel release, I'm thinking of switching the kernel in
Tumbleweed over to 3.6 at the -rc5 timeframe. Does anyone strongly
object to this happening?

I don't see any issue with switching earlier, other than finding some
bugs sooner :-) Most people that run Tumbleweed are generally living
on the edge of their seats so should be more than capable of reporting
bugs. I find you proposal sane (well as sane as anything is), and as
such should be implemented.



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