Linux 3.11-rc5 Celebrates 20 Years Since Windows 3.11
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 11 August 2013 at 10:16 PM EDT. 15 Comments
Twenty years ago today Microsoft released Windows 3.11 while today Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.11-rc5 kernel. He wished he could have released Linux 3.11 kernel final today, but that didn't happen.

On Sunday evening was the announcement by Torvalds of Linux 3.11-rc5.
Sadly, the numerology doesn't quite work out, and while releasing the final 3.11 today would be a lovely coincidence (Windows 3.11 was released twenty years ago today), it is not to be.

Instead, we have 3.11-rc5.

Which is showing signs of calming down, and is noticeably smaller than previous rc's (both in number of commits and in size of patch). Let's hope that trend isn't just a fluke.

There really doesn't seem to be anything major here. The radeon changes are likely the most noticeable, but many of them are for the dynamic power management that is still off by default.. Other than that, misc media fixes, arch updates, some small filesystem updates etc. Nothing really stands out.


For 3.11-rc5, Linus notes in particular the Radeon Dynamic Power Management Changes, which we have been covering extensively on Phoronix.

For more details on the Linux 3.11 kernel read about its many new and exciting features.

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