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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Celebrates 23 Years Of Linux

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Published on 25 August 2014 07:15 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc2 kernel this afternoon in marking this day 23 years ago is when he announced the project.

This morning we covered the 23 year birthday of Linux and now Torvalds decided to be sentimental and release the 3.17-rc2 version. Normally Torvalds releases the weekly RCs on Sundays, but due to LinuxCon Chicago last week he didn't do a release this past Sunday and decided to carry it out on the 25 August birthday.

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Celebrates 23 Years Of Linux


Linus wrote:
So I deviated from my normal Sunday schedule partly because there wasn't much there (I blame the KS and LinuxCon), but partly due to sentimental reasons: Aug 25 is the anniversary of the original Linux announcement ("Hello everybody out there using minix"), so it's just a good day for release announcements.

Anyway, for being an rc2 it's pretty small, and I can always hope that things stay that way. It's about 60% drivers (drm, networking, hid, sound, PCI), with 15% filesystem updates (cifs, isofs, nfs), 10% architectures (mips, arm, some minor x86 stuff) and the rest is "misc" (kernel, networking, documentation).

All over the place, in other words, and nothing in particular stands out.

Please do give it a good testing,

Linus

For those not up to speed with the Linux 3.17 kernel, it includes many new features and we have already started delivering benchmarks and other tests from Linux 3.17 while many more articles are forthcoming on Phoronix.

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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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