Torvalds Announces Linux 3.16-rc2

Monday, June 23, 2014: Linux founder, Linus Torvalds has officially announced the second Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux kernel 3.16. The RC2 is a successor to Linux 3.16-rc1. It is now available for download and testing. However, since it is a development version, it should not be installed on production machines.
“These days most people send me their pull requests and patches during the week, so it’s not like I expect that a Sunday release would have made much of a difference. And it’s also not like I didn’t have enough changes for making a rc2 release.” Torvalds said in the release note. The latest release candidate mainly concentrates on sparc changes. “3.16-rc2 is out, and contains the usual assortment of fixes all over the map. The most unusual part at this point is how the sparc changes stand out (at almost 40 per cent of the patch by bulk), but they are basically all just sparse warning cleanups. Similarly, some Nouveau drm changes standing out size-wise, but again those are largely due to small firmware fixes resulting in big generated changes. The actual real changes are fairly small.” Torvalds added.

Earlier, Torvalds officially announced the stable version of the Linux kernel 3.15. “The futex fixes and cleanups may stand out, but as usual there’s various other random fixes since rc8 in there too: mainly drivers (drm, networking, sound, usb etc), networking, scheduling and perf tooling” Torvalds said in the release note. “with 3.15 released, my “master” branch has already merged the work in my “next” branch on my local machine, and I’ll be decommissioning the “next” branch once I push that all out. After that, any future merge window work will happen on “master”, and we’ll be back to the normal single-branch model for my tree.” Torvalds added.

Here’s the complete Linux 3.16-rc2 release note.


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