Monday, October 25, 2021

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux 5.15-rc5

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released the latest release candidate of the operating system kernel, version 5.15-rc5.

The stable release of Linux 5.15 is expected in next few weeks. According to Torvalds post, things are coming along nicely.

So things continue to look quite normal, and it looks like the rough patch (hah!) we had early in the release is all behind us.

Overall, it appears the latest release candidate has relatively minor changes.

The commit stats look normal for an rc5, and the diffstat is fairly regular too. We had more arch updates than perhaps is common, with almost as many lines of diffs in architecture code as there is in drivers. Admittedly some of that “architecture” code ends up being devicetree updates, so some of it could be attributed to driver code, but that’s not how our source tree is laid out..

Outside of arch code (x86, powerpc, arm, arm64) and drivers (mainly gpu, networking and usb), we have a smattering of other changes: 9p and ksmbd, core networking, and some perf tooling updates. And misc smaller random stuff.

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