The 3.11-rc7 prepatch has been tagged and released. As of this writing, there is no announcement on linux-kernel, but Linus did post a brief item on Google+. "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, even if it's big and professional) for 486+ AT clones and just about anything else out there under the sun. This has been brewing since april 1991, and is still not ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in Linux 3.11-rc7." He is, of course, celebrating the 22nd anniversary of his original "hello everybody" mail.