Looking at kernel.org the latest mainline release is 3.8. Zhe site also states the latest stable release is 3.7.9.
Now looking at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_kernel inside the version history table they state the latest stable version is 3.8. But a few lines up they write:
...Linus Torvalds makes the releases of new versions, also called the "vanilla" or "mainline" kernels, meaning that they contain the main, generic branch of development...
In the current scheme, the main branch of development is not a traditional "stable" branch, instead it incorporates all kinds of changes, both the latest features as well as security and bug fixes.
So why do they call the latest mainline version 3.8 stable in the table, if it in fact isn't a stable one according to the quoted text of wikipedia? Or do they in fact mean linux-next is the main branch of development?
Which version should I install if I want the latest features but also great stability? (3.7.9?)