The current 2.6 prepatch is 2.6.23-rc9
on October 1.
This -rc release was unexpected, but there were enough fixes added since
-rc8 that Linus felt one more cycle was called for. The final 2.6.23
release should happen almost any time.
There have been about a dozen patches added to the mainline repository
The current -mm tree is 2.6.23-rc8-mm2. Recent changes
to -mm include delayed allocation support for ext4 and a number of fixes.
Andrew notes that -mm now has almost 32MB of patches relative to the
mainline - an indication of what is to come once the 2.6.24 merge window
Looking forward: it appears that the 2.6.24 cycle will begin with
the i386/x86_64 merger. More
information about 2.6.24 can be found in
Andrew Morton's 2.6.24 merge plans
document. It looks like 2.6.24 will include a bunch of memory management
work, more anti-fragmentation patches, per-device write throttling, the
LSM non-modules patch, file-based capabilities, more
memory layout randomization, control groups (formerly containers), PID namespaces, kernel markers, and much more.
Remember that this list covers only patches to be merged by Andrew; the
bulk of the code going into 2.6.24 will get there directly from the
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