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Linux 3.9-rc5 Kernel Is Not Really Peculiar

Linux Kernel

Published on 01 April 2013 09:56 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.9-rc5 on Easter. This kernel midway through the Linux 3.9 kernel cycle isn't particularly thrilling but does provide fixes for new features.

The Easter 3.9-rc5 release announcement by Torvalds reads:
Another week, another -rc.

I'm like the US postal office - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" will keep me from doing weekly -rc releases. A little holiday like Easter? Bah, humbug. It might delay the release email a few hours because a man gotta stuff himself with odd seasonal desserts (and the Finnish Easter desserts are odder than most), but it won't stop the inevitable progress towards a final 3.9 release.

So there it is. A shiny new release candidate, just waiting for testing.

Nothing really peculiar stands out. Exynos DRM updates, IBM RamSan driver updates are a bit larger, l2tp update... The rest is pretty much small patches spread out all over. Mostly drivers (block, net, media, tty, usb), networking, and some filesystem updates (btrfs, nfs). Some arch updates (x86, arc).

Things seem to be calming down a bit, and everything seems largely on track for a 3.9 release in a few weeks.
For those not up to speed on the Linux 3.9 kernel, check out the top features of this forthcoming open-source update. There's also some Linux 3.9 benchmarks and a HDD/SSD file-system comparison so far to date.

About The Author
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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