Posted at LWN.net: "Linus Torvalds has requested a moratorium on new device number
assignments. His hope is that a new and better method for device space
handing will emerge as a result.
Alan Cox has requested that I maintain a forked registry for his -ac
kernel patch tree. I have agreed to do so once I have forked off the
'final' version of the registry for Linus' tree. At that time I will
process the backlog for the benefit of the -ac registry only. Please
have patience until I can get that to happen."