On 5/16/2012 1:04 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Steven Rostedt
>> Seriously though. What's your take on changing the kernel that will
>> break an older distro. Obviously, this change is too early to apply. But
>> because an old distro has one app that will break if we make a change in
>> the kernel, is that enough to keep that change out?
> I suspect that powertop is enough of a developer thing that if that's
> the only thing that breaks, we don't have to worry too much.
> I don't want to break *everybody*, so new distro's should be
> up-to-date. But breaking something like a F14-15 timeframe distro or
> something staid like a SLES (or "Debian Stale" or whatever they call
> that thing that only takes crazy-old binaries)? It's fine. We don't
> want to *rush* into it, but no, if those distros are basically not
> updating, we can't care about them forever for something like
I would say something like "6 months" (e.g. 3.6); anybody who's likely
to update anything will have done the powertop upgrade from his distro
by then, and anybody who isn't isn't going to update the kernel either.