Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds has warned contributors that the rhythm of the project’s development cycle will clash with Christmas, so developers must ensure they finish their work before the holiday season.
The warning came in Torvald’s weekly kernel development update, in which he announced Release Candidate 7 for Linux 6.1 and noted that – contrary to his predictions – the Thanksgiving holiday was not hampering work on the kernel.
“The end of the week was the usual ‘People send me their stuff on Friday’ and the weekend didn’t really slow people down,” he wrote, before describing the remaining work on version 6.1 as “just a little bit more than I’m comfortable with ” described with. It should have just slowed down now. “
“As a result, I’m pretty sure now that this is going to be one of those ‘We’ve got an extra week and I’m going to do an rc8’ release,” he added, noting that a consequence of this decision is the two-week merge window in which developers Submit code for the next cut of the kernel, “will be firmly in the holiday season”.
“Now that means I’ll be more persistent than usual in the next merge window,” he warned. “The usual rule is that things sent to me for the merge window should be ready _before_ the merge window opens. But since the merge window is mostly during the holiday season, I’m going to be pretty strict about it.”
“I want to see all of this work done in the pull requests *before* the celebrations, not while you’re sipping your eggnog and generally stressed about the season. If I get pull requests too late, I will just say ‘that can wait’. OK?”
Torvalds also imposed the law on the developers working on version 6.1.
“Go to the test and can we _please_ just start calming things down?” he wrote. “Don’t send me anything that isn’t a clear and existing error. No more last-minute cleanups. Listen?”
This request means that rc8 should be released next Sunday US time and version 6.1 of the Linux kernel a week later on December 11th. The merge window could then close on Christmas Day. Torvalds works most Sundays, but it’s hard to see that he – or the rest of the Linux community – has much time or interest (or capacity?) to look at the state of the kernel at Christmas. The registry certainly won’t be around to cover it if the emperor penguin wants to work that day! ®
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