People will have been wondering about the 2.4 stable kernel progression.
Various bizarre rumours in Byte seem to have generated a lot of
discussion and rumour. Now that the people concerned are all agreed its
time to put the entire roadmap out and make it clear.
Linus will be releasing a 2.4.14 and probably a 2.4.15 finishing off the
VM stability work and other rough corners. At that point the 2.5 kernel
tree will be opened. There is a lot stuff queued for 2.5. It isn't going
to be possible or sensible to throw it all into 2.5.0. One of the tasks
is to put changes together in the right order.
Marcelo Tosatti will be the head maintainer over the 2.4 stable kernel
tree. This is not the giant change it may seem from the outside. The
stable kernel management was and is a group effort. Marcelo and many
others have been active in 2.2 and 2.4 stabilisation work. I'll be
helping Marcelo with advice when he asks it, and working on feeding him
the 2.4 relevant bits of the -ac tree.
I will not be dissappearing from the scene, although I might be a little
less visible at times. There are various kernel projects I will be
working on as well as spending more time concentrating on Red Hat
customer related needs. I'm hopeful that spending more time closer to
customers will help provide more insight into where 2.5 needs to be going.
David Weinehall did a great job on 2.0.39 when he took over 2.0 from
me.I'm very confident that Marcelo will do a great job on 2.4.
Alan, you've done a wonderful job stabilising and maintaining 2.0, 2.2
and the 2.4-ac kernels. I understand you're looking for a change after
all these years, though and can't blame you for handing over the torch
to another good maintainer.
You sure did one hell of a job for all of us. Thanks!
I'd like to add my voice in praise of Alan and the Linux kernel team as
well. It's always a happy event when maintainership of a valuable
project is successfully passed to another person. The strength of any
free software project is the existence of a group of people with deep
knowledge and understanding. The Linux kernel is fortunate to have many
such people, cutting across a wide range of countries, companies,
business models, and non-businesses. As such it has an amazing strength.
I know I can depend on Linux continuing to evolve and improve, and give
my thanks to all who work so hard to make this happen.