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Subject[PATCH] docs: update kernel versions and dates in tables
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Every once in a while, we should update the examples
to reflect more recent kernel versions.

Update the tables describing kernel releases, the merge window,
and current longterm maintained kernel, from 2.6-era kernels
to 4.x.

Signed-off-by: Tim Bird <tim.bird@sony.com>
---
Documentation/process/2.Process.rst | 72 +++++++++++++++++++------------------
1 file changed, 38 insertions(+), 34 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/process/2.Process.rst b/Documentation/process/2.Process.rst
index ce5561b..a9c46dd 100644
--- a/Documentation/process/2.Process.rst
+++ b/Documentation/process/2.Process.rst
@@ -18,17 +18,17 @@ major kernel release happening every two or three months. The recent
release history looks like this:

====== =================
- 2.6.38 March 14, 2011
- 2.6.37 January 4, 2011
- 2.6.36 October 20, 2010
- 2.6.35 August 1, 2010
- 2.6.34 May 15, 2010
- 2.6.33 February 24, 2010
+ 4.11 April 30, 2017
+ 4.12 July 2, 2017
+ 4.13 September 3, 2017
+ 4.14 November 12, 2017
+ 4.15 January 28, 2018
+ 4.16 April 1, 2018
====== =================

-Every 2.6.x release is a major kernel release with new features, internal
-API changes, and more. A typical 2.6 release can contain nearly 10,000
-changesets with changes to several hundred thousand lines of code. 2.6 is
+Every 4.x release is a major kernel release with new features, internal
+API changes, and more. A typical 4.x release contain about 13,000
+changesets with changes to several hundred thousand lines of code. 4.x is
thus the leading edge of Linux kernel development; the kernel uses a
rolling development model which is continually integrating major changes.

@@ -70,20 +70,19 @@ will get up to somewhere between -rc6 and -rc9 before the kernel is
considered to be sufficiently stable and the final 2.6.x release is made.
At that point the whole process starts over again.

-As an example, here is how the 2.6.38 development cycle went (all dates in
-2011):
+As an example, here is how the 4.16 development cycle went (all dates in
+2018):

============== ===============================
- January 4 2.6.37 stable release
- January 18 2.6.38-rc1, merge window closes
- January 21 2.6.38-rc2
- February 1 2.6.38-rc3
- February 7 2.6.38-rc4
- February 15 2.6.38-rc5
- February 21 2.6.38-rc6
- March 1 2.6.38-rc7
- March 7 2.6.38-rc8
- March 14 2.6.38 stable release
+ January 28 4.15 stable release
+ February 11 4.16-rc1, merge window closes
+ February 18 4.16-rc2
+ February 25 4.16-rc3
+ March 4 4.16-rc4
+ March 11 4.16-rc5
+ March 18 4.16-rc6
+ March 25 4.16-rc7
+ April 1 4.17 stable release
============== ===============================

How do the developers decide when to close the development cycle and create
@@ -99,37 +98,42 @@ release is made. In the real world, this kind of perfection is hard to
achieve; there are just too many variables in a project of this size.
There comes a point where delaying the final release just makes the problem
worse; the pile of changes waiting for the next merge window will grow
-larger, creating even more regressions the next time around. So most 2.6.x
+larger, creating even more regressions the next time around. So most 4.x
kernels go out with a handful of known regressions though, hopefully, none
of them are serious.

Once a stable release is made, its ongoing maintenance is passed off to the
"stable team," currently consisting of Greg Kroah-Hartman. The stable team
-will release occasional updates to the stable release using the 2.6.x.y
+will release occasional updates to the stable release using the 4.x.y
numbering scheme. To be considered for an update release, a patch must (1)
fix a significant bug, and (2) already be merged into the mainline for the
next development kernel. Kernels will typically receive stable updates for
a little more than one development cycle past their initial release. So,
-for example, the 2.6.36 kernel's history looked like:
+for example, the 4.13 kernel's history looked like:

============== ===============================
- October 10 2.6.36 stable release
- November 22 2.6.36.1
- December 9 2.6.36.2
- January 7 2.6.36.3
- February 17 2.6.36.4
+ September 3 4.13 stable release
+ September 13 4.13.1
+ September 20 4.13.2
+ September 27 4.13.3
+ October 5 4.13.4
+ October 12 4.13.5
+ ... ...
+ November 24 4.13.16
============== ===============================

-2.6.36.4 was the final stable update for the 2.6.36 release.
+4.13.16 was the final stable update of the 4.13 release.

Some kernels are designated "long term" kernels; they will receive support
for a longer period. As of this writing, the current long term kernels
and their maintainers are:

- ====== ====================== ===========================
- 2.6.27 Willy Tarreau (Deep-frozen stable kernel)
- 2.6.32 Greg Kroah-Hartman
- 2.6.35 Andi Kleen (Embedded flag kernel)
+ ====== ====================== ==============================
+ 3.16 Ben Hutchings (very long-term stable kernel)
+ 4.1 Sasha Levin
+ 4.4 Greg Kroah-Hartman (very long-term stable kernel)
+ 4.9 Greg Kroah-Hartman
+ 4.14 Greg Kroah-Hartman
====== ====================== ===========================

The selection of a kernel for long-term support is purely a matter of a
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