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Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.17-rc1

Ok,
 it’s two weeks since 2.6.16, and the merge window is
closed.

As usual, the -rc1 patch is pretty damn large, and even the
ShortLog is too big to pass the linux-kernel mailing list posting
size limits, but my gut feel is that a large portion of that ends
up being things like new drivers, and a lot of it is less scary
than the early 2.6.16 changes, for example.

Of course, my gut feel is usually wrong.

The most notable change here might be the merged support for
Sun’s Niagara architecture, but there’s a lot of other stuff going
on too: DVB re-organizations, nfs/knfsd updates,
x86-64/parisc/mips/powerpc updates, ALSA, SCSI, Infiniband..

At the same time, a there’s also a fair amount of just cleanups
(BUG_ON conversion, semaphore->mutex conversions, bitops
cleanups etc).

Go wild. As usual, if you’re a git user, the way to see what has
changed is

   git log v2.6.16..v2.6.17-rc1 | git-shortlog | less

and if you’re interested in just a particular sub-area, give it
as a restriction to “git log” (i.e., you can do “git log v2.6.16..
drivers/net/ |..” to see just changes that affected network
drivers).

For the rest of you, there’s the tar-balls, patches, and full
ChangeLog.

Linus