Linus Tries a New Merge Plan for Linux 3.16

The way Linux development has worked for the last several years has been relatively straight forward.

Every six to 10 weeks there is a new Linux kernel, with each kernel requiring six to eight release candidates. At the end of the release cycle, Linus Torvalds opens up the ‘merge’ window during which new code is pulled in from the various sub-system maintainer developer trees.