The current development kernel is 2.5.45
by Linus on October 30,
just in time to make your
editor go back and rewrite this section.
Linus has been busy, having merged over 500 patches since returning from
cruise. The most significant changes include another set of block layer
fixes, an ia-64 update, many fixes from the -ac series, the device mapper
(LVM2) code, the new cryptographic API (see below), the beginnings of an
IPSec implementation, an ISDN update, Roman Zippel's new kernel
configuration system, the sys_epoll
patch (see below), much device
model work, and many other fixes and updates. The long-format changelog
is longer than usual, and
has all the details.
There are many open issues, still, that need to be resolved before the
feature freeze. For varying perspectives on what remains to be merged, see
Guillaume Boissiere's 2.5 status summary for
October 30, Rob Landley's merge candidate
list, or Rusty Russell's Remarkably
Unreliable 2.6 list.
For a view of what's in the kernel now, see Dave Jones's post-Halloween document which serves as a sort
of preliminary release notes for people interested in testing the new
The current stable kernel is still 2.4.19, but the next stable
release got a little
closer with the announcement of the first
2.4.20 release candidate on October 29..
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