The Linux 2.6 kernel series is on its way to its 40th release in seven years. The creator of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds, said this week that since there has already been so many Linux 2.6 releases, he may end up tagging this next version as the Linux 2.8.0 kernel or Linux 3.0. Linus sent an email to the Linux kernel mailing list as a reminder to the driver and subsystem maintainers that there would be a shortened merge window but did say “the voices in my head tell me the numbers are getting too big.”
Version 1.0 of the Linux kernel was released on March 14, 1994 and only supported single-processor i386-based computer systems. Version 2.6.0 was released on December 18, 2003 and this series of kernels is still the active series of stable kernels.
As the Linux kernel evolves and no revolutionary changes are likely in the near future, it could make sense to move the version number up or change to some other versioning scheme.
There are some users who do not want to change from the current Linux 2.6.xx versioning. How do you feel about it? Let us know.