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Linux Kernel releases?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:39 am
by ImpWarfare
So since 3.x era of the versioning scheme when do you think the Kernel reaches 8.0 or beyond? Will they ever keep the 3.x versioning for future releases? I reckon in the 2020s the Linux Kernel 8.0 will be out but what do you think? I sometimes like to think ahead!

Re: Linux Kernel releases?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:43 am
by gm10
Following usual release cycles, come 2020 we'll be at a 5.x kernel series. The current release is 4.19, so your 3.x is way behind.

Re: Linux Kernel releases?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:17 pm
by Schallaven
gm10 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:43 am
Following usual release cycles, come 2020 we'll be at a 5.x kernel series. The current release is 4.19, so your 3.x is way behind.
The 3.16 is a LTS kernel (see here). "way behind" is just for those who hunt version numbers.
DarkCerberus wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:39 am
So since 3.x era of the versioning scheme when do you think the Kernel reaches 8.0 or beyond? Will they ever keep the 3.x versioning for future releases? I reckon in the 2020s the Linux Kernel 8.0 will be out but what do you think? I sometimes like to think ahead!
The version number is a rough measure for the number of git objects. Version 3 came with roughly 2 million, Version 4 with roughly 4 million. People expect(ed) that Version 5 came with 6 million (or with 8 million if you think it doubles each time). However, Linus made it clear that for him version numbers themselves are kind of meaningless, i.e. it does not matter if it is called Kernel 5.0 or Kernel 4.20. Therefore, I think, we might not see Version 8 for another 5 decades :D

Re: Linux Kernel releases?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:31 pm
by gm10
Schallaven wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:17 pm
The 3.16 is a LTS kernel (see here). "way behind" is just for those who hunt version numbers.
That's quite the feat there taking me out of context in a 2 post thread asking about version numbers for future releases. Good job. :D
Schallaven wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:17 pm
The version number is a rough measure for the number of git objects. Version 3 came with roughly 2 million, Version 4 with roughly 4 million. People expect(ed) that Version 5 came with 6 million (or with 8 million if you think it doubles each time). However, Linus made it clear that for him version numbers themselves are kind of meaningless, i.e. it does not matter if it is called Kernel 5.0 or Kernel 4.20. Therefore, I think, we might not see Version 8 for another 5 decades :D
Well, he basically announced that he'll switch on or before 4.20 again: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/6/3/142
And yes, he's back in charge for the next one.

Re: Linux Kernel releases?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:56 pm
by xenopeek
I suspect that around 4.20 - which is I run out of fingers and toes to keep track of minor releases, and thus start getting mightily confused - I'll switch over.
We need to get Linus an abacus :lol: