Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 30th May 2011 06:37 UTC
Linux Well this makes a change. Linus Torvalds has announced that the next version of the Linux Kernel release is to be '3.0'. "I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can no longer comfortably count as high as 40."
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RE: Kinda lame
by silix on Mon 30th May 2011 15:02 UTC in reply to "Kinda lame"
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Sure, Linus can do whatever he feels, but to me a major version number represents massive breaking API changes. <shrug>
or generally speaking some massive breakthrough such as an architecture overhaul, a whole host of new features or a complete ui rethinking in the case of an application)
ABI changes needn't happen... remember that early versions of NT were based on a (Mach- like) microkernel, but even migrating whole subsystems from userspace services into the kernel executive, didn't result in a mass breake of userspace applications - API/ABI breakage involved platform libraries in charge of direct interfacing with the migrated (reimplemented) system services - but applications linked to them, could continue working unchanged (as long as those libraries were accordingly reimplemented)

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