why does the BBB ship with a 3.8 Kernel?

Some background information on why the BeagleBone Black ships with a 3.8 linux kernel and why all of the third party capes don’t work “out of the box” initially:

http://linuxgizmos.com/beaglebone-black-climbs-the-device-tree-with-linux-3-8/

http://linuxgizmos.com/introducing-the-new-beaglebone-black-kernel/

Dave