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[openFATE 310646] Kernel 2.6.37 for openSUSE 11.4
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  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 08:32:44 +0100 (CET)
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Feature changed by: Alex Bars (alexdbars)
Feature #310646, revision 27
Title: Kernel 2.6.37 for openSUSE 11.4

openSUSE-11.4: Done
Requester: Important

Requested by: jimbo bigcreed (dimble_thricefoon)
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I realise we are using a time based release, and no longer chase
feature releases, but 2.6.37 will have some very interesting
technologies according to phoronix:
"we can start getting excited for the Linux 2.6.37 kernel
( and its
exciting new features: DisplayLink driver enhancements
( , improved
desktop responsiveness
( ,
Broadcom's open-source driver
( , improved
Radeon Evergreen DRM
( , and Intel
Linux DRM improvements
( ."
If 2.6.36 is due mid-Oct, then we can expect 2.6.37 to arrive Mid-Late
January, surely this is not too late for 11.4 which is expected Late-
Feb to Early-March?
Kind regards

#1: Richard Colvin (allianux) (2010-09-29 14:11:57)
It will be a great pitty if the 2.6.37 kernel is not included.  This is
the kernel to get working on a new desktop OS!

#5: 6tr6tr 6tr6tr (6tr6tr) (2010-10-04 18:13:51) (reply to #1)
THIS ( Broadcom's open-source driver
( ) alone is
reason enough!

+ #13: Alex Bars (alexdbars) (2010-12-01 08:32:39) (reply to #5)
+ I agree, thanks!!

#2: Jose Ricardo De Leon Solis (derhundchen) (2010-09-29 20:45:03)
I also agree we should ship kernel 2.6.37. Version 2.6.36 should be
ready soon enough, so version 2.6.37 should be ready at least in late
january, a month and a half before openSUSE 11.4 is released.

#3: Bernhard Wiedemann (bmwiedemann) (2010-10-03 10:05:20)
11.4-RC1 is scheduled for 2010-02-10 so depending on the actual 2.6.37
timing, there might not be much time for integration+testing which is
bad for stability. And with me being one of the testers, I would like
to see a stable release.

#8: Sławomir Lach (lachu) (2010-11-07 11:36:25) (reply to #3)
I suggest to add 2.6.37 kernel to default repository. If there's no new
patch to this version of kernel and a lot of tester have installed
2.6.37, there's no choice.
One reason to don't do that is: we need to stable kernel as much as
possible. Once testers instals 2.6.37 kernel, previous kernel(default)
won/t been tested well.

#4: Greg Freemyer (gregfreemyer) (2010-10-04 17:51:42)
One of the big features listed for 2.6.37 is a new broadcom driver.  I
would guess it could be backported to 2.6.36 relatively easily.  So if
2.6.37 doesn't get into 11.4, I hope the broadcom driver is
backported.  Especially since it is brand new, it should not cause any
reversion issues.

#6: Peter Gumbrell (gumb) (2010-10-05 11:38:16) (reply to #4)
I read a lot of openSUSE reviews and the complications involving the
Broadcom driver are one of the most frequent bugbears that causes the
distro to receive criticism, even though that may not be SUSE's fault.
Along with other possible items that may just miss the boat such as KDE
4.6 (see the Linux Action Show
( edition from 03/10/10
where they rue the apparent fallback to KDE 4.5 and missing of GNOME 3
in the upcoming openSUSE 11.4, which I'm not even sure is true) it may
be worth considering the early March release date loosely and letting
it slip by a week or two if necessary to get some of these important
updates in. People argue this every time with every SUSE release, but
on this occasion I think it could well be in the distro's best
interests as there's a flurry of things that might not make it by a

#7: jimbo bigcreed (dimble_thricefoon) (2010-10-21 10:53:43)
kernel 2.6.36 was released on the 20th October.
if the typical three month release is maintained then 2.6.37 will be
ready just in time for:
* Thu, Jan 20 2011, openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 6 release
* Thu, Feb 10 2011, openSUSE 11.4 RC 1 release
2.6.37 for opensuse 11.4 can happen!

#9: Sławomir Lach (lachu) (2010-11-07 11:38:44)
I won't be angry if new OpenSUSE will be released one-two months after
the deadline.

#10: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2010-11-08 09:34:45)
The Kernel:HEAD project will be updated with 2.6.37 once it stabilizes
as usual and we will then decide whether to go for 2.6.37 or not. Let's
not discuss this further here, it will be done after discussion on the
opensuse-kernel mailing list - and I bet it's 2.6.37.
Btw. we have a fixed 8 month release cycle and will not skip to wait
for an update.

#11: jimbo bigcreed (dimble_thricefoon) (2010-11-08 13:39:39) (reply to
cheers AJ.

#12: hernan thiers (faco84) (2010-11-15 21:29:46) (reply to #10)
That's good enough. Keep stability and offer upgrades.

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