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"'This is starting to get beyond frustrating for me,' complained David Miller of the latest merge window, launching what turned into a very lengthy and ongoing discussion about the Linux kernel development process. The concept of a regular 'merge window' was first discussed in July of 2005 with the release of the 2.6.14-rc4 kernel, following the 2005 Developers' Summit. From 2.6.14 on, the release of each official 2.6.y kernel has been followed by a two week period during which major changes are merged into the kernel, followed by a 2.6.y-rc1 release. David complained that this particular merge window has been more painful than others, 'the tree breaks every day, and it's becoming an extremely non-fun environment to work in. We need to slow down the merging, we need to review things more, we need people to test their [...] changes...!'"

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