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From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
To: Nishanth Aravamudan <naravamudan@digitalocean.com>
Cc: Scott Branden <scott.branden@broadcom.com>,
	BCM Kernel Feedback <bcm-kernel-feedback-list@broadcom.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux ARM <linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org>,
	cgardner@digitalocean.com, pmccormick@digitalocean.com
Subject: Re: 5.10 LTS Kernel: 2 or 6 years?
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:24:30 +0100
Message-ID: <YDO+nl6aI/Gl1LPd@kroah.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210222140052.GA1520276@breakout>

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 08:00:52AM -0600, Nishanth Aravamudan wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> 
> On 26.01.2021 [08:29:25 +0100], Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 11:55:11AM -0800, Scott Branden wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > > 
> > > The 5.10 LTS kernel being officially LTS supported for 2 years
> > > presents a problem: why would anyone select a 5.10 kernel with 2
> > > year LTS when 5.4 kernel has a 6 year LTS.
> 
> <snip>
> 
> > > If 5.10 is "actually" going to be supported for 6 years it would be
> > > quite valuable to make such a declaration.
> > > https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html
> > 
> > Why?  What would that change?
> > 
> > Ok, seriously, this happens every year, and every year we go through
> > the same thing, it's not like this is somehow new, right?
> > 
> > I want to see companies _using_ the kernel, and most importantly,
> > _updating_ their devices with it, to know if it is worth to keep
> > around for longer than 2 years.  I also, hopefully, want to see how
> > those companies will help me out in the testing and maintenance of
> > that kernel version in order to make supporting it for 6 years
> > actually possible.
> > 
> > So, are you planning on using 5.10?  Will you will be willing to help
> > out in testing the -rc releases I make to let me know if there are any
> > problems, and to help in pointing out and backporting any specific
> > patches that your platforms need for that kernel release?
> > 
> > When I get this kind of promises and support from companies, then I am
> > glad to bump up the length of the kernel support from 2 to 6 years,
> > and I mark it on the web site.  Traditionally this happens in
> > Febuary/March once I hear from enough companies.  Can I count on your
> > support in this endeavor?
> 
> I am very sorry for the long delay on my end (I had privately e-mailed
> Greg on January 28) -- DigitalOcean also intends to provide feedback and
> testing on the 5.10 series. We intend to use it as the basis for our
> next-next kernel and are very invested in ensuring the stability and
> performance of the kernel.

Great!  If you need me to add your cc: to the -rc release announcements
so that you have an easy email to respond to, just let me know and I can
do so.

Any ideas when the testing will start happening?  There's a 5.10-rc
release out there right now if you want to start today :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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Thread overview: 65+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-01-25 19:55 Scott Branden
2021-01-26  2:50 ` Adam Borowski
2021-01-26  7:29 ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-01-26 17:35   ` Florian Fainelli
2021-01-26 18:30   ` Scott Branden
2021-01-26 18:51     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-01-26 20:15       ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-17  9:40       ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-17 19:48         ` Scott Branden
2021-02-18  7:43           ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 11:31             ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-18 14:15               ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-18 14:29                 ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 20:55                   ` Pavel Machek
2021-02-18 22:43                     ` Ondrej Zary
2021-02-19  8:00                       ` Pavel Machek
2021-02-19  8:30                         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 14:33                 ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-18 17:19                   ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-18 17:22                     ` Russell King - ARM Linux admin
2021-02-18 17:44                     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19  7:10                       ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-19  8:22                         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19 10:31                           ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-19 10:37                             ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19 10:57                               ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-19 11:16                                 ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19 15:23                                   ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-20 13:29                                     ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-20 16:05                                       ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-20 17:06                                         ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-21 11:38                                         ` Jari Ruusu
2021-02-19 16:50                                   ` Theodore Ts'o
2021-02-18 17:16               ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-18 12:51             ` Pavel Machek
2021-02-18 16:51           ` Sasha Levin
2021-02-18 17:21             ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-18 17:53               ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 17:57                 ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-18 18:20                 ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-18 18:36                   ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 20:16                     ` Scott Branden
2021-02-18 21:00                       ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-18 22:38                         ` Scott Branden
2021-02-18 21:39                       ` Sasha Levin
2021-02-18 22:00                         ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-18 22:26                         ` Scott Branden
2021-02-19  8:25                       ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19 15:05                         ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-19 15:53                           ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-19 17:44                             ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-22 14:17                               ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-18 17:42           ` Florian Fainelli
2021-02-18 18:13             ` Willy Tarreau
2021-02-18 10:04         ` Pavel Machek
2021-02-19  8:54   ` Hanjun Guo
2021-02-19  9:08     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-20  7:02       ` Hanjun Guo
2021-02-20  9:53         ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2021-02-23  2:14           ` Hanjun Guo
2021-02-19 14:45     ` Nikolai Kondrashov
2021-02-26  8:03       ` Hanjun Guo
2021-02-26 11:21         ` Nikolai Kondrashov
2021-02-22 14:00   ` Nishanth Aravamudan
2021-02-22 14:24     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman [this message]

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