Linux Kernel Changelog

New in version 3.18 RC6

November 24th, 2014
  • The good news is that things are generally calming down, and most of the changes are smallish regression fixes here, with a smattering of stable patches. About half drivers (networking, sound, pci, infiniband, etc), with architecture updates (x86, mips, arm), and networking code being about half of the rest. And the last quarter is "misc": filesystem fixes, documentation, scheduler.

New in version 3.18 RC5 (November 17th, 2014)

  • About 55% drivers (networking, gpu, cypto, thermal, sound), 15% arch updates (xtensa, x86, arm[64], parsic, sparc), and the rest is a mostly a mix of netwoorking, filesystem, VM, documentation and tracing updates.

New in version 3.18 RC3 (November 3rd, 2014)

  • Lots and lots of small stuff, with drivers accounting for the bulk of it (both in commits and in lines), but networking and core kernel showing up too. Nothing particularly stands out.

New in version 3.18 RC2 (October 27th, 2014)

  • nd to be honest, we've had bigger rc2's in history. Not recently, though. Both 3.3 and 3.4 had big -rc2 releases, and 3.15 (which was the largest release ever, iirc) came reasonably close.
  • At least _part_ of the size is the very long-delayed overlayfs merge that I already mentioned in the rc1 release message as being pending. Let's see how much fallout that all causes, but it's been around for a long time (partly because it needed various vfs-layer things to integrate cleanly), and I think it's in good shape. Knock wood.
  • So at least partially as a result of that overlayfs merge, about a third of the patch is filesystems. It's not _just_ overlayfs, though, there was a late ext4 merge request that I think is actually bigger, at least partly due to some extent handling refactoring.
  • The rest is the more usual driver updates (thermal, watchdog, scsi target, ACPI & PM, misc other updates) and architecture updates (arc, arm, powerpc, mips, x86). Some documentation and include file updates rounds out the rest.

New in version 3.17 RC7 (September 29th, 2014)

  • There's stuff all over here. The i2c part of the patches stands out a bit because of some code movement, but apart from that the diffstat looks pretty calm. About 60% drivers, with the rest being a mix of documentation, arch, filesystem and networking. Nothing
  • really particularly stands out, but it is just bigger than I was happy with doing a release without another rc.

New in version 3.17 RC6 (September 22nd, 2014)

  • A bit more than half is drivers (gpu, sound, iio, media, usb), just under a third is arch updates (arm, mips, x86), and the rest is mainly filesystem updates (gfs2, cifs, btrfs, nfs).

New in version 3.17 RC5 (September 15th, 2014)

  • The rc5 changes is about half drivers (networking, gpu, usb, input, ata..) with the rest being mostly a mix of filesystem updates (the aforementioned performance thing in the core vfs layer, but also some NFS export issues found by Al and misc other stuff), architecture updates (arm, parisc, s390) and core networking. And a smattering of other. Shortlog appended.

New in version 3.17 RC4 (September 8th, 2014)

  • For a short while there, this week was really nice and calm, but that was mostly because the "linux-foundation.org" entry fell off the DNS universe, and my mailbox got very quiet for a few hours. The rest of the week looked pretty normal.
  • "Pretty normal" isn't bad, though, and I'm not complaining. There is nothing particularly big or scary going on - we had a quick scare about a stupid compat layer bug, but it seems to have been just a false positive and resulted in some added commentary rather than any
  • real code changes.
  • The diffstat is pretty reasonable, and it's fairly spread out. We have the usual arch and driver updates, but there's actually more changes under fs/ than under either of those. That's largely due to just a late f2fs update, which I decided I couldn't be bothered to get too upset about, most of it being pretty clear-cut fixes, with just a few cleanups mixed in.
  • And really, if the f2fs changes look biggish, it's mostly because the rest is pretty small.
  • Let's hope it all stays calm. I do note that neither Greg nor Davem ended up sending me anything for rc4, which is probably the _real_ reason why it's pretty calm and small.

New in version 3.17 RC3 (September 1st, 2014)

  • I'm back to the usual Sunday release schedule, and -rc3 is out there now. As expected, it is larger than rc2, since people are clearly getting back from their Kernel Summit travels etc. But happily, it's not *much* larger than rc2 was, and there's nothing particularly odd
  • going on, so I'm going to just ignore the whole "it's summer" argument, and hope that things are just going that well.