Jiri Slaby posted the following on the openSUSE kernel mailing list:
at SUSE, we are currently discussing the future of merging releases
from -stable kernel tree into SLE. There is a fear of regressions
caused in the enterprise distribution as well as a fear of high patch
count which in most cases cannot be reviewed properly with our power.
I would like to know your opinion about merging -stable kernels into
* do you prefer to stay with the latest stable kernel released at the
time an opensuse distro becomes available? (And then only single fixes
for reported bugs are merged.) Or should be -stable releases
incorporated as soon as they are out (or later).
* Regarding the parentheses, would you prefer some time to pass before
a -stable kernel is committed to a particular openSUSE kernel?
* Did you hit some regression caused by stable releases (this is
rather information for me personally). If so, how often?
Note that Kernel:stable (and Tumbleweed) will be *unaffected* by the
result of this thread. It will still follow the latest stable upstream
release as soon as possible.
 The releases numbered by the third numbers after major release
numbers, e.g. 3.2.1 or 3.2.2.
If you have any thoughts on this issue, I will pass a summary back to Jiri.