The current development kernel is 2.6.0-test10
, finally released
by Linus on November 23. This
patch contains a month's worth of accumulated fixes for serious bugs, and
not a whole lot else. Linus notes that there is still a problem associated
with preemption out there; the kernel preemption code itself is likely not
at fault, but some subsystem or driver out there somewhere is not being
entirely preempt-safe. That problem had not been tracked down as of this
The long-format changelog contains the
details for the patches incorporated in this release.
Incidentally, -test10 has been dubbed the "stoned beaver" release.
Linus also laid out his thinking for the future:
I'm planning/hoping on basically turning this over to Andrew, and
let him decide to make the final 2.6.0 or not. Timing-wise Andrew
is apparently going to be off for a few weeks, so regardless of
whether this turns out to be rock solid or not, we'll have a few
weeks of final testing before that were to happen. Which means that
I might still end up making a test11 if Andrew hasn't come back and
we find something that warrants it.
Linus's BitKeeper tree holds a small number of additional fixes.
The current stable kernel is 2.4.22, but its time is coming to an
end. Marcelo released 2.4.23-rc3 on
November 21, with the idea that it would become the final release.
Reality dictated otherwise, with the result that 2.4.23-rc4 came out on the 24th, and 2.4.23-rc5 on the 25th. The idea, of course,
is that this one will become the final release; stay tuned.
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