Linus isn't happy about this seventh RC for the Linux 3.5 kernel since he was hoping it to be much smaller in size to the point he was thinking last week that it might have been ready to release as final. But instead, Linux 3.5-rc7 ended up being bigger than 3.5-rc6.
Linus is now instead hoping to release the Linux 3.5 official kernel next week. Some of the best features of the Linux 3.5 kernel are mentioned in the earlier announcement.
Hey guys, remember how things have been stabilizing and slowing down, and all the kernel developers were off on summer vacation?
Yeah, we need to talk about that. Because I last week I thought that making an -rc7 was not necessarily realy required, except perhaps mainly to check the late printk changes. But then today and yesterday, I got a ton of small pull requests, and now I find myself releasing an -rc7 that is actually bigger than rc6 was.
Not cool, guys. Not cool.
Now, admittedly, most of this is pretty small. The loadavg calculation fix patch is pretty big, but quite a lot of that is added comments (*big* added comments). . But there's Andrew's patch-bomb, there's media fixes, there's random SOC fixes, powerpc fixes, USB, sound, you name it.
Ok, so it's still not *huge*, but it's bigger than -rc6 was. I had hoped for less.
But go forth and test. Make sure it's all good. Because I really wish I won't have to do an -rc8.