Linux 2.6.37-rc2 Kernel Released; So Far Looks Painless
Two weeks have passed since the release of the Linux 2.6.37-rc1 kernel that finally allowed the core kernel code to built without the the Big Kernel Lock. It also brought many open-source graphics improvements and other improvements and new drivers (such as a Intel Poulsbo driver and Broadcom's WiFi driver). Now the Linux 2.6.37-rc2 kernel is available as regressions are addressed in time for the final Linux 2.6.37 kernel release several weeks down the road.
There isn't anything particularly exciting in Linux 2.6.37-rc2, like the very amazing patch talked about earlier today that dramatically improves the desktop responsiveness/interactivity under system load, but with the 2.6.37 merge window closed it's all about bug-fixing. There's also some staging drivers that have been reverted.
"And it all looks the way I like to see my -rc2's: nothing really interesting there. We had a SCSI calling convention change patch that got punted due to some discussion about details (and which I'll probably accept for -rc3 with the fixed model).
The Linux 2.6.37-rc2 release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
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