Linux’s Rocky Road to Rolling Releases - The New Stack
The way the keepers of the Linux increment the version numbers of their kernel releases, and how its users think these releases are numbered, are two different things. And now the Linux kernel community is trying to reconcile public perception with reality.

I think the article handles well the message that version numbers are meaningful for users, and that developers should be a bit more careful with them.

Thankfully in Linux’ case this is simple to solve, given the developers aren’t prone to make backwards incompatible changes. Just keep the 5.x series indefinitely. (Sorry Torvalds, I know you only got 20 fingers/toes, but…)


Reading that article hurt my head, it’s so poorly written and even has glaring factual errors that makes me wonder why this person took on writing a Linux article in the first place.

Linux 2.4 was the stable release, not 2.3.

Proofreading, people!


So no more LTS kernal release. Am I getting it right?


The kernel community also continues to support long-term support releases on behalf of cautious users (5.14 is the latest LTS), even though they feel such releases are redundant, even harmful. The team back-porting fixes to LTS versions for the six years following the release. But these tend to create “Frankenkernels,” Levin says, which are not really any more stable the latest versions.

Yeah, pretty much. I also interpret it that they go basically the Microsoft way and at some point will deliver micro-patches, hotfixes and then rollout major kernel releases.

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Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution (or distro for short).

Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word “Linux” in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.

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