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    Kernel 4.0

    If this was possible, what would you think it should be?
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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    Of course it's possible, but how long would it take to reach this point? Will Linux even exist by then? We've been in the 2.x series for a long time (over ten years), and one would assume some pretty radical changes would be necessary to shift to 3.x.

    Computers as we know them may be fundamentally different by the time a 4.0 kernel would be appropriate

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    the 2.6 bit of recent kernels (post-2004) is pretty much superfluous. It's a throwback from the previous development model

    There will never be a 2.7, or 3.0, or 4.0
    Such version numbers are not needed with the current development model

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    Quote Originally Posted by amauk View Post
    the 2.6 bit of recent kernels (post-2004) is pretty much superfluous. It's a throwback from the previous development model

    There will never be a 2.7, or 3.0, or 4.0
    Such version numbers are not needed with the current development model
    This.

    If they did ever change to anything else i hope the major stuff is, debloat and bugs. Especially since tech wise, its pretty good right now and already supports a lot of upcoming technologies.

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    Hurd.

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    Can someone please post a link on what the numbers actually represent on the linux kernel version. Why (after ten years) are they still on version 2.x?

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    The kernel's original development model used odd numbers for development releases, and even numbers for stable releases

    - A new stable kernel, 2.2 was released, expected to be maintained for a number of years and would receive only bug & security fixes

    - Linus opens 2.3, and development of new features would commence

    - At some point, it's decided that 2.3 would not receive any new features, and focus was moved to stabilising the new version

    - At some point, it's considered stable, named 2.4 and released, expected to be maintained for a number of years and would receive only bug & security fixes

    - Linus opens 2.5, and development of new features would commence

    ......
    ....
    ..


    When 2.6 was released, they changed the development model
    There were lots of things considered "wrong" or difficult with the even/odd model - not least that new stable kernels appeared every couple of years, and this was a long time for something that needs to keep up with the latest hardware developments

    The new model shifted to faster, more incremental releases
    The idea of a "stable" and a "development" kernel was abolished, and instead every release is considered "stable"

    the 2.6 prefix just got carried over to the new model

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Slug71 View Post
    This.

    If they did ever change to anything else i hope the major stuff is, debloat and bugs. Especially since tech wise, its pretty good right now and already supports a lot of upcoming technologies.
    My wish would be for a modern microkernel.
    Last edited by mips; October 20th, 2010 at 04:31 PM.

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    Re: Kernel 4.0

    If 3 is ever to appear I hope it'd a completely debloated version of those before. I think it's essential to have debloating teams on the development team that analyzes the code periodically. Resulting in the leanest and meanest kernel ever!

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