"As of this writing, the current kernel prepatch is 2.6.34-rc6.
A couple more prepatches are most likely due before the final
release, but the number of changes to be found there should be
small. In other words, 2.6.34 is close to its final form, so it
makes sense to take a look at what has gone into this development
cycle. In a few ways, 2.6.34 is an unusual kernel.
"This kernel has seen the addition of 9100 non-merge changesets
from just over 1100 developers. That makes it somewhat smaller than
its predecessors, as can be seen in this table:
"Developer participation in this development cycle was slightly
lower than the usual, but not in any significant way. But, it
seems, those developers had a bit less than usual that they needed
to get done. One might be tempted to chalk that up to the
shorter-than-usual merge window at the beginning of this cycle, but
the fact of the matter is that Linus let enough new material in
after 2.6.34-rc1 to make the merge window effectively as long as it
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