So it *felt* like the last week of the rc series was busy, to the
point where I got a bit worried about the release. But doing the
actual numbers shows that that really was just my subjective feeling,
probably due to the kernel summit and travel back home from Korea. It
wasn't actually a particularly busy week, it's just that the pull
requests were more noticeable in the last couple of days.
We had a network update and a late fix for a x86 vm86 mode bug
introduced by the vm86 cleanups, but other than that it's just a
collection of various small oneliners all over. Ok, the vm86 mode
thing was a one-liner too, it was just slightly more nerve-wracking
because it looked scarier than it was before people (Andy) figured out
what was going on.
The changes from rc7 are dominated by the network stuff, but as you
can tell from the appended shortlog it's not anything particularly
So on the whole, this remains a rather calm release cycle until the
very end. And with the release of 4.3, obviously the merge window for
4.4 is open, and let's keep our fingers crossed that that will be an
equally calm release. Especially since apparently Greg has decided
ahead of time (as an experiment brought on by discussion at the kernel
summit) that 4.4 will be another LTS release.