2.4 stable kernel maintainer Marcelo Tosatti posted an announcement to the lkml titled "Linux 2.4 future", in which he describes his plan for the 2.4 stable kernel [forum], acknowledging the pending release of the 2.6 stable kernel [forum]. Having released 2.4.23 only a few days ago [story], Marcelo says that in 2.4.24 we can expect to see fixes for pending problems which might require somewhat intrusive modifications. Also in this kernel new drivers will be accepted, "for example, [the] Cyclades PC300 driver, input userlevel driver support, or other sane [drivers] which might come up".
After 2.4.24 is released, Marcelo says that the 2.4 kernel will go into maintenance mode, in which it will only be getting fixes for critical issues and security holes. Read on for Marcelo's email.
From: Marcelo Tosatti [email blocked] To: linux-kernel Subject: Linux 2.4 future Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 12:25:23 -0200 (BRST) Hi, The intention of this email is to clarify my position on 2.4.x future. 2.6 is becoming more stable each day, and we will hopefully see a 2.6.0 release during this month or January. Having that mentioned, I pretend to: - Fix pending problems which might required more intrusive modifications during 2.4.24. New drivers will be accept during this period (for example, Cyclades PC300 driver, input userlevel driver support, or other sane driver which might come up). - From 2.4.25 on, fix only critical/security problems.
From: Marcelo Tosatti [email blocked] Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 13:56:48 -0200 (BRST) Subject: Re: Linux 2.4 future > Having that mentioned, I pretend to: As several people pointed out, I mean "intend" not pretend.