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Linux 3.15-rc1 Was Just Released & It's Real Big

Linux Kernel

Published on 13 April 2014 07:20 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The first release candidate to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available and it marks the close of the kernel merge window for about two months. Linux 3.15 is poised to be a very exciting kernel release.

We've been covering the Linux 3.15 kernel changes already in great detail across dozens of Phoronix articles in recent weeks and detailing the play-by-play of the merges for this next major kernel update. With two weeks having passed since Linux 3.14 was released, the 3.15-rc1 was released this Sunday afternoon. It's about time as the merge window was particularly heavy but very exciting.

There were many changes with the Linux 3.15 kernel from initial but rudimentary NVIDIA Maxwell GPU support, AMD VCE support, better Intel Broadwell support, EFI mixed mode support, and a multitude of other changes as outlined earlier this weekend within The Linux 3.15 Kernel Is Going To Have A Lot Of Great Features. Be sure to read up on all the exciting stuff!

Linus, while brief on exhaustively covering the major new features within his mailing list announcement, acknowledged the massive churn with Linux 3.15. Torvalds noted, "This release doesn't really have a lot of odd things going on, but it's *big*...3.15-rc1 is just big in general. No single big thing, but just lots and lots of commits. Sure, it has a few big new staging drivers (rtl8723au in particular), but even when big, those aren't nearly the bulk of things. There's just a lot going on. In fact, we have the biggest number of commits in recent history (maybe ever), at just over 12000 non-merge commits (and about 800 merges)." With the Linux 3.15-rc1 release being so huge, Torvalds isn't planning to accept any late pull requests. Now it's onto bug-fixing for this release that will be stabilized over about the next two months. Many Phoronix benchmarks of the Linux 3.15 kernel are forthcoming.

As of Linux 3.15-rc1, the codename remains that of Linux 3.14, the "Shuffling Zombie Juror" release.

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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