The current 2.6 prepatch is 2.6.18-rc6
by Linus on
September 3. It is possibly the final prepatch before the 2.6.18
final release. There are a lot of fixes; one of those is the removal of
much of the SMP alternatives
work, which was causing build problems with some compilers. See the long-format changelog
for the details.
A handful of additional fixes have gone into the mainline git repository
since the -rc6 release.
The current -mm tree is 2.6.18-rc5-mm1. Recent changes
to -mm include some enhancements to the no-MMU architecture support, a
number of NFS server improvements, a steady trickle of reiser4 fixes, and a
set of patches allowing a kernel to be built with no block device support
(though those don't quite work yet).
On the 2.4 front, Willy Tarreau has released 220.127.116.11 with a small set of
important fixes, and 2.4.34-pre2 with a larger set of
fixes. The current plan is that the gcc 4.x support discussed
here a couple of weeks ago will be merged into 2.4.34-pre3.
Other notes: a number of developers have been having difficulties
posting patches to lists hosted on vger.kernel.org recently. The list
maintainers have begun using bogofilter in an attempt to cut down on the
amount of spam getting through to the list - and, presumably, to reduce the
amount of time they put into manually maintaining filter patterns. To
date, bogofilter appears to believe that quite a few patches are spam. On
the other hand, a substantial amount of distinctly non-technical mail
involving nontraditional approaches to family quality time and members of
the animal kingdom has been
sailing through without a hitch. One can only assume that the training
process will eventually iron out these little problems.
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