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[ale] Fwd: Final pre-2.0.31.. Expect this to be same as real 2.0.31


For those who don't know (like me), why are people hacking on 2.0.31 
when 2.1.x has been released?  I thought the kernel version numbers
increased monotonically.



Chris Ricker said this:
> Something from Linus I thought might be of interest.  Those of you who
> want to help out can get linux-pre-2.0.31-9 from:
> ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/testing/linux-pre-2.0.31-9.tar.gz
> (full source)
> ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/testing/pre-patch-2.0.31-9.gz
> (patch against standard 2.0.30 tree).
> If you've got a few minutes, download it, compile it, reboot, and pound
> on it a bit to make sure it's stable on your particular hardware and
> with your particular programs.
> later,
> chris
> ------ Forwarded message ------>>
>     From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds at transmeta.com>
>  Subject: Final pre-2.0.31.. Expect this to be same as real 2.0.31
>     Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 09:55:21 -0700 (PDT)
> Hi all and sundry,
>  I just made a final version of my pre-2.0.31 series available on
> ftp.kernel.orn under /pub/linux/kernel/testing. 
> The kernel is available both as diffs against a clean 2.0.30, and as a
> full kernel source (to make it easier for people who are uncomfortable
> with patches to test it out).
> I know some people have been hoping to have diffs between different
> pre-patches, and it would make sense considering the huge size of the
> patches, but I've been too lazy. If somebody with a fast connection wants
> to make such diffs to help others (and put them up on some web/ftp site),
> that would be appreciated. 
> Note that "final" means just that: I'm not interested in any reports
> except for major problems. Major problems include something not working
> (the file locking has the backwards compatibility stuff as of -8), or bad
> kernel crashes. It definitely does not include feature requests.
> I expect this kernel to work, and if all goes well I'll just rename the
> files and move them to the 2.0 directory on the ftp-sites in a few days.
> To encourage people to try out this final pre-version, I also promise that
> _if_ there are changes between this version and the real 2.0.31 I'll make
> those changes available as patches between the two, so you won't have to
> download the full 2.0.31 whatever happens. 
> Thanks to everybody who have made 2.0.31 a possibility, especially the
> guys at Suse who have been very helpful indeed in finding problems and
> sending patches for them. I can't say that 2.0.31 has been a pleasure to
> put together, but it seems to have worked out. It wouldn't have, without
> the help of people who came through. 
> And finally: please _don't_ refrain from testing this pre-kernel on the
> assumption that "the real 2.0.31 will be the same anyway, so why should I
> bother with this?". Yes, I do hope that 2.0.31 will be the same, but if
> there are problems you have only yourself to blame if you didn't report
> them before the real release. 
> In fact, I'd ask even people who are running 2.1.x kernels to take the
> time to try out this kernel if you can, if only to boot it up for 15
> minutes and torturing it a bit. With all the work people have put into
> this (not least of all David, thanks), this kernel deserves to be
> tortured. A lot. 
> 	Give it Hell,
> 		Linus "tortures small furry
> 			kernels for the fun of it" Torvalds


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