Debian developer Ben Hutchings has announced that Debian 7.0 (Wheezy), due for release in around a year’s time, will use a version of the Linux kernel 3.2 that was released in early January.
Debian 7.0 is due to be moved from the unstable to the testing repository soon. Hutchings also noted that the development team was open to backporting selected new features from later kernel versions in to the Debian three.2. kernel to improve the latter’s hardware support.
According to current designs, Debian developers are not intending to build any multi-architecture specific kernel versions, and OpenVZ and VServer specific versions will be dropped unless someone steps in to rescue them. There will, at least for the AMD64 architecture, be a kernel offering enhanced real-time characteristics based on kernel extensions from the RT tree.
Together with Ubuntu developers, who are deploying the three.2 kernel in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the Debian development team intends to maintain Linux version three.2 as a long-term kernel. Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman recently elevated Linux kernel three.0 to long-term kernel status, meaning that it will continue to be patched for a year period. The developers behind the RT patch are also planning to maintain the patch for Linux three.0 for a similar period. RT patches for Linux 3.2 are still at the experimental stage.