[arch-general] How often kernel26-lts updated?

Thomas S Hatch thatch45 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 11:42:43 EDT 2011

2011/3/25 Cédric Girard <girard.cedric at gmail.com>

> On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM, David Rosenstrauch <darose at darose.net
> >wrote:
> > Just wondering:  what's the general policy about how often (and why)
> > kernel26-lts gets updated?  I know it's supposed to be a "long-term
> > supported" kernel, making it more appropriate for servers and such.  But
> > it seems like it gets updated almost as often as the main kernel26
> > package.  Also, I saw today that it's currently flagged as out of date.
> > What would be the criteria for it being out of date?  Is there some
> > upstream release that the lts kernel follows along with?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > DR
> >
> There are kernel releases marked upstream as "longterm"[1]. The 2.6.32
> version currently being used in Arch as lts has been updated on the 24th of
> March. (
> [1] http://kernel.org/
> --
> Cédric Girard

So the idea is not that there is a kernel that doesn't get updated, the
kernel MUST be updated to reflect security issues, the concept is that there
is an older mostly feature frozen kernel available for server use.
The reality is that, if you can't reboot your server on a regular basis then
you have an architecture issue, which is why I use the latest kernel on my
servers and reboot them a lot because using frozen state systems that can't
reboot is a high security risk.

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