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Linux 5.1 rc3

Mar 31, 2019, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)
Nothing particularly unusual going on here.

The rc3 release is bigger than normal, which is obviously never
anything I want to see, but at the same time it's early enough in the
rc series that it's not something I really worry about. Yet.

And while it's bigger, nothing really unusual stands out. The single
biggest patch in there (by far - it's in fact about a third of the
whole rc3 patch) is just removal of the mt7621-eth staging driver,
which is because the regular mediatek ethernet driver now handles that
hardware. In fact, due to the removal of that driver, the full rc3
patch removes more lines than it adds, which is always nice to see
(honestly in advertising: looking at the whole release so far rather
than just this week's rc, that is very much not true).

But no, that driver removal isn't why I'm saying that rc3 is larger
than usual - that's just a single commit. And we simply also have more
commits than we normally do at this point. But I'm hopeful that it's
just a one-off - the whole "size of rc's" measure tends to be somewhat
noisy and depends on whether a particular week saw all the major
subsystems merging in their fixes or not. This time we obviously just
had a lot of it.

If you ignore that big chunk of the rc3 patch that is the removal of
that single driver, the changes really are pretty widely spread out.
About a third is drivers in general, another roughly third is tooling
and documentation changes, and the final third is just "misc" all over
(networking is a big chunk of it, but there are arch updates, core
kernel, kvm, you name it).

The appended shortlog gives a flavor of the details, and I don't think
there's any fundamental pattern there. Just a lot of small details.

Let's hope the rc's will start shrinking from this point on, but I
don't think we have anything particularly bad going on.

Go forth and test,

Linus

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