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Linux 2.6.39-rc3 Released; It's Still Calm

Linux Kernel

Published on 12 April 2011 08:36 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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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.

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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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