December 18, 2009

Linux 2.6.33-rc1 Released

So the merge window is closed, and -rc1 is out there now.
Talking about the merge window: there were a _lot_ of trees that left¬â their pull requests pretty dang late. Not everything I merged yesterday¬â and today were late pull requests, but a lot of it was. I'm used to have a¬â fairly busy last day of the merge window, but it was a busy last two days¬â this time - definitely worse than usual.
The two-week merge window is _not_ supposed to be "one day merge window¬â after thirteen days of silence". In fact, I think that next time around¬â I'll make the merge window be 11-12 days instead, and people who try to¬â 
game the system and do a last-minute pull request will get a surprise, and¬â get unceremoniously bumped to 2.6.35 instead.
Anyway, apart from that grumbling, it's been a fairly normal merge window,¬â I think. According to git dirstat (which got fixed to give more accurate¬â numbers), the distribution of changes is pretty much
  • 1/3rd staging
  • 1/3rd "rest of drivers"
  • 1/3rd "everything else"
with about half of that final "everything else" third being arch stuff,¬â and half being random other things (firmware, fs, net).
Notable additions? There's a number of drivers, and depending on which¬â ones you use, you'll find them more or less notable. I personally like how¬â I finally got to merge the Nouveau code, for example. Others will care
about other things.
Please give it a good testing, so that we can start figuring out the¬â inevitably regressions,