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Re: Minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17

On Wednesday, May 09, 2012 12:25:50 Joseph S. Myers wrote:
> I'm like to propose that the minimum Linux kernel version for glibc 2.17
> (the version to be released in December) is 2.6.16 (that is 2.6.16
> release, not 2.6.16-rcN).
> 2.6.16 was the first long-term-stable series of 2.6 kernels, and
> according to Wikipedia ceased to be maintained in July 2009; I don't
> think anything older than it is relevant for glibc 2.17.  As well as
> allowing various __ASSUME_* conditionals to be cleaned up that could
> not be cleaned up if only 2.6.0 or 2.6.1 were required, requiring at
> least 2.6.16 would allow removing all the specific kernel version
> references in the README file.
> Any comments?  (Suggestions that we require a kernel more recent than
> 2.6.16 are also welcome, but increasing the requirement beyond 2.6.16
> would require more care about the accuracy of the existing conditions in
> kernel-features.h; see bug 9894 regarding some versions there being
> inaccurate; Aurelien was at one point doing a general check of at least
> the more recent entries in kernel-features.h.)

From an openSUSE and SUSE Linux distribution standpoint: We only ship a new 
glibc with new kernels, so I agree with the proposal, even if you would 
have proposed 3.0.

But we need have a common minimal version, 2.6.16 is a good step forward,

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