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Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.16-rc1

Jan 17, 2006, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Ok, it's two weeks since 2.6.15, and the merge window is closed.

In fact, it already closed yesterday when I was planning on doing the release, but we had people over for dinner, and things devolved. "The best-laid plans of mice and kernel-developers..."

Anyway, it's out there now. The ShortLog is pretty readable - if you are into that kind of stuff--but as usual for an -rc1 release (which has all the frantic merging going on), it's actually too big to post on the kernel list due to the size limits. It weighs in at 4000+ lines and 169kB.

Anyway, if you're a git user, here's what generated the shortlog:

        git-rev-list --no-merges --pretty=short v2.6.15..v2.6.16-rc1 |
                git-shortlog > ../ShortLog

and you can find the full log on as ChangeLog-2.6.16-rc1 if you want to.

The diffstat is also too big to post. It's also all over the map: there's actually a fair number of cleanups in there that have affected a lot of files, as did the new mutexes, for example.

There's also updates for various architectures: powerpc continues the long slog to a merged tree--now ppc32 is mostly done too, but there's updates to arm, x86[-64], m68k, frv, ia64, pa-risc, m32r, s390, etc...

And usb, i2c, pcmcia, fbdev, v4l, drm, scsi, alsa, input layer, network drivers, infiniband... The tty layer got some clean-ups too (wonder of wonders).

OCFS2 was merged, fuse updates, fat fixes, and p9fs, XFS and NFS updates.

And largish networking updates: there's a "common netfilter" setup now, which you'll notice when you do "make config" or equivalent, since a lot of the netfilter rules now work on ipv4 and/or ipv6 rather than having separate (and duplicate) versions for each.