After Greg Kroah-Hartmann stopped maintaining 2.6.35-stable. I plan to maintain the 2.6.35 linux kernel tree longterm for now. Thanks to Greg for all his hard work on this.
The longterm tree continues after Greg’s 22.214.171.124 stable release. It will not be called “stable”, but called “longterm” to make the distinction clear.
longterm has no defined end date (but also no guarantee that it will be around forever) and will be maintained longer than normal stable kernels. The existing 2.6.32 stable kernel mainteind by Greg will be also named “longterm” now. There is also a 2.6.34 longterm kernel maintained by Paul Gortmaker.
The longterm kernels will move into new directories on kernel.org. The 2.6.35 releases will be available at ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/longterm/v2.6.35/. The other longterm kernels (.32 and .34) will get similar directories. The git tree for the release is available in git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/longterm/linux-2.6.35.y.git
The 2.6.35 longterm tree follows the stable rules in Documentation/stable_kernel_rules.txt
My plan is to look at all patches that go into later stables (that is which are sent to email@example.com or marked Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org in the git description) and merge them into 2.6.35 when applicable. I don’t expect there will be many
patches only for 2.6.35 and not for later stable trees. If there are and they are submitted to email@example.com I will consider them. I plan to be fairly conservative.
I will follow a similar flow as Greg: There will be candidate trees which are posted to Linux kernel and have a 48h review period, with patches being dropped then as needed. Then the candidates will turn into releases, if noone objects to the patches.
The current candidate is 126.96.36.199-rc1. This will soon turn into 188.8.131.52.