This week, Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Fellow at the Linux Foundation, declared that the recent Linux 3.10 kernel release that first debuted at the end of June will be a long-term kernel release. A long-term Linux kernel release is maintained by Kroah-Hartman for up to two years. In contrast, a non-long-term kernel release is no longer maintained after a new kernel is released. For example, the Linux 3.9 kernel that first debuted in April of this year hit its end of life at the end of July, shortly after Linux 3.10 debuted.
As to why and how the Linux 3.10 kernel was chosen as the next long-term release, Kroah-Hartman explained to eWEEK that he spent a lot of time talking with many companies about their product plans for the year. Linux is pervasive in consumer electronics as well as in server and mobile operating system infrastructures. Kroah-Hartman said he talked to companies about what kernels they wanted to use based on what features were in it, and their development cycles. –