Linus Torvalds releases Linux 6.1 rc8 • The Register

Linus Torvalds has announced an eighth release candidate for version 6.1 of the Linux kernel.

The Emperor Penguin feared last week that work on that cut of the kernel hadn’t slowed down, so suggested it might need to go beyond its favorite seven release candidates.

In his weekly state-of-the-kernel post, Torvalds released rc8 and thanked the developers for getting used to it.

“So we’ve finally started to settle down, and rc8 is noticeably smaller than previous release candidates,” he wrote. “So everything is looking good and although the reassurance may have come later than I would have liked, it happened. Let’s hope this coming week is as calm (or calmer).”

Torvalds also thanked the kernel developers for listening to what he said about the Linux 6.2 merge window.

The two weeks following the release of a new kernel are reserved for merging stable additions to the kernel into the mainline branch. Torvalds sometimes complains that these contributions often arrive unnecessarily late.

With Linux 6.1 expected to be released on December 12th, and the two-week merge window would therefore end on December 26th, it’s clear that the holiday season could make for a rather chaotic Linux 6.2 launch.

So last week, Torvalds urged developers to get their code ready before holiday-related activities have their annual productivity impact.

The developers appear to have heeded the call, as Torvalds noted on Sunday that the code for version 6.2 had arrived.

“I’m also happy to see that I already have a few pull requests scheduled when the 6.2 merge window opens, so some people are proactive and want everything already set up for a quiet holiday season,” he wrote , before adding: “Hint, hint.”

Is this notice really necessary? Torvalds’ track record shows he appreciates the gift of stable and clean code any time of the year. ® Linus Torvalds releases Linux 6.1 rc8 • The Register

Rick Schindler

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