[arch-general] Why move LTS to 5.10 when VirtualBox guests Kernel Panic with 5.10?

David C. Rankin drankinatty at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 01:48:59 UTC 2021

On 2/17/21 9:50 AM, David Rosenstrauch via arch-general wrote:
> On 2/17/21 3:48 AM, David C. Rankin via arch-general wrote:
>> Archdevs,
>>    You move of both linux and linux-lts to the same kernel is bewildering. That
>> eliminates all fallback capability lts provides. Currently, virtualbox Arch
>> guests are broken on 5.10 (as with most other distros).
>>    See: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/20055
>>    With linux on 5.10 and lts on 5.4 it was workable to have lts guests. Now
>> you have linux and linux-lts as the same kernel. How does that make sense?
> That was an upstream decision.  Linux kernel team moved lts to 5.10, so Arch
> followed suit.
> https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html
> DR

Thanks DR (and all),

  I understood why it was done, I follow the kernel announcements, etc, but
was a bit bewildered by Arch moving LTS to 5.10 before Linux moved to 5.11.
Even today, we have:

linux 5.10.16.arch1-1


linux-lts 5.10.17-1

  So the LTS kernel is a release ahead of the Arch mainline kernel. It just
seemed like as a distro we would want to be a little more coordinated to
ensure both linux and linux-lts move in a coordinated way.

(sorry for the late reply here, no power for 6 Days 6 Hours due to Texas ice
storm... glaring example of all that is wrong with deregulated energy...)

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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