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Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.15-rc1

Nov 14, 2005, 11:30 (15 Talkback[s])
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 there it is, go wild. Get the git trees, the tar-balls and the patches (some or all of the above may still be mirroring out but should show up shortly).

It's hard to go through in any great detail, because even the shortlog is actually almost five thousand lines and about 200kB in size, and would thus run afoul of the mailing list limits so I can't include it here.

The same is true of the diffstat, only even more so. The unidiff is about a million lines in size, just the diffstat is 300+kB.

The changes are really pretty much all over the place, with over four thousand commits merged in the two weeks since 2.6.14...

v4l, dm, networking, NFS, SCSI, sound, drm, agp, cpufreq, input, i2c, jfs, xfs, jffs2, ntfs, cifs, network drivers, infiniband... You name it.

Big architecture changes: the normal flow of arm updates, but also parisc updates and a couple of big MIPS updates. And the powerpc architecture got re-jigged a lot...

The ppc32 and ppc64 trees have largely been merged (to a new generic "powerpc" architecture that can be compiled either 32-bit or 64-bit), and that moved a number of files around. Similarly, the core block-layer got moved to its own subdirectory.

Oh, and the inevitable qla firmware updates probably account for over fifty thousand of the diff lines. So those things partly explain how you get a million-line diff without actually necessarily having conceptual changes that big.

In fact, a lot of the changes are quite small. There's just a lot of those too...

Those with git access can easily get the shortlog (which is still pretty readable) with

        git log --no-merges v2.6.14..v2.6.15-rc1 | git-shortlog

and it only takes half a second to generate on a fast machine. It's worth it if only because of this entry:

         Adrian Bunk:
            I am the new monkey.

(among the four-thousand other non-simian ones).