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Linux 3.3-rc2 Kernel Is Out Late Due To "Mind-Fart"

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Published on 31 January 2012 09:12 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The second Linux 3.3 kernel release candidate is now available, which is coming a bit late due to Linus Torvalds falling behind.

Fortunately Linux 3.3-rc2 wasn't delayed for technical reasons, but just a "mind-fart" by Linus. "Ok, so for no real reason at all - except me being disorganized and just not thinking about it - rc2 is several days delayed. It's closer to two weeks rather than the standard one week I try to have between rc's. So as a result of that, this -rc2 is a bit bigger than the ones historically, but that's really just because timing-wise it's more like an -rc3. And for that, it's right in line with normal trends, and possibly even on the smaller side."

Linus goes on in the Linux 3.3-rc2 announcement to explain that besides it coming a bit late there really isn't anything extraordinary -- for better or worse -- about this update. He also goes on to talk about how he's liking pull requests with signed tags and nice merge messages. "Go forth and test."

Key features of the Linux 3.3 kernel are outlined in the multitude of Phoronix articles and there is a small summary in the 3.3-rc1 article. There's some exciting features to go widespread with the Linux 3.3 kernel, although the Git junkies already have work to look forward to with the Linux 3.4 kernel.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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