Last week the Linux 2.6.39-rc2 kernel was released
and Linus Torvalds mentioned that it was "unusually calm" for just being days after the 2.6.39 merge window being closed. With the third release candidate that was made available last night, the Linux 2.6.39 kernel
development continues to go well with 2.6.39-rc3 also being quite calm.
It's been another almost spookily calm week. Usually this kind of calmness happens much later in the -rc series (during -rc7 or -rc8, say), but I'm not going to complain. I'm just still waiting for the other shoe to drop.
And it is possible that this really ended up being a very calm release cycle. We certainly didn't have any big revolutionary changes like the name lookup stuff we had last cycle. So I'm quietly optimistic that no shoe-drop will happen.
Anyway, not only has it been calm, it's been pretty normal.
So there really isn't much more to say about this latest test release. The Linux 2.6.39 kernel should be a quick release while it does deliver some impressive improvements when it comes to the open-source graphics drivers and other areas.
It's good that Linux 2.6.39 is going well since we're already getting excited for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel
and the changes that it will bring.