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From: Thiago Vinhas de Moraes <tvin...@networx.com.br>
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Subject: The difference between Linus's kernel and Alan Cox's kernel
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 20:17:18 +0000 (UTC)
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Hi.

Maybe lots of you already know the answer, maybe it's a really stupid 
question. If it is, please tell me. I'll not be offended.

Why there are two different kernel trees? There is always the official 
release, provided by Torvalds, and then Alan provides a patch merging Linus's 
stuff, and adding (?) tons of bug fixes.

Why aren't the -ac patches completely merged to the official tree, and you 
centralize the work on single kernel patches ?? Won't it be easier to 
administrate?

I'm so sorry if it's a really stupid question. It's because I never know what 
pre-patch to apply, the -ac* or the -pre*. In doubt, I apply Alan's, because 
it appears to be always Linus stuff, and more bug fixes, recently, the 
Linus's -pre* appears to have merges from the -ac on each release.
I just don't understand why it can all be merged.


Regards,
Thiago Vinhas de Moraes
NetWorx - A SuaCompanhia.com
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

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From: Alan Cox <a...@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
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Subject: Re: The difference between Linus's kernel and Alan Cox's kernel
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from "Thiago Vinhas de Moraes" at May 25, 2001 05:12:39 PM
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> Why there are two different kernel trees? There is always the official 
> release, provided by Torvalds, and then Alan provides a patch merging Linus's 
> stuff, and adding (?) tons of bug fixes.

Well it started by accident but it turns out good to have a tree that changes
are merged into, tested by those who need the fixes and reviewed by third
parties before they go to Linus.

So the -ac tree is kind of a peer review, testing and distillation process for
patches.

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