"Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Linus Torvalds released Linux
2.6.30-rc1, the first release candidate of version 2.6.30 of the
Linux kernel. The final version is expected in eight to ten weeks.
Fifteen days after the release of Linux 2.6.29, the first RC of
2.6.30 closes the merge window, the first phase of the development
cycle in which the kernel hackers integrate all the major changes
into the main development branch; the coming few weeks will be
dedicated to eliminating any flaws the testers find in the release
"Statistically, the programmers modified 8344 source code files;
980,137 lines were added or moved, and 372,613 lines were deleted.
In his release email, Linus Torvalds points out that a third of the
changes are "crap", as they affect the staging area, which is
primarily intended for immature drivers and isn't popular with
everyone. He said a further third of the changes are "real"
drivers, and the final third affects other kernel areas."