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Nobody can claim that last week was *normal*, but whatever crazy
things are going on in the world (and I personally had "Zombie
apocalypse" on my bingo card, not "Putin has a mental breakdown"), it
doesn't seem to have affected the kernel much.

Things continue to look normal both in commit numbers and in
diffstats. We have the usual bulk being drivers (networking, gpu, iio,
clk, and usb stand out, but there's a smattering of other stuff), with
the rest being mixed. The only thing that stands out as a bit unusual
is some further btrfs defrag fixes.  But even they stand out not so
much because they are enormous, as just because they are bigger than
most of the rest, which is pretty small.

Other notable areas: core networking, tracing, and selftests. As
usual, details are in the appended shortlog.

While things look reasonably normal, we _are_ getting pretty late in
the release, and we still have a number of known regressions. They
don't seem all that big and scary, but some of them were reported
right after the rc1 release, so they are getting a bit long in the
tooth. I'd hate to have to delay 5.17 just because of them, and I'm
starting to be a bit worried here. I think all the affected
maintainers know who they are...

So if you are a subsystem maintainer, and you have one of those
regressions on your list, please go make them a priority. And if you
don't know what I'm talking about, please do look up the reports by
regzbot and Guenter Roeck. I added links below to make it really easy.

But on the whole things look fine. Just a few remaining warts is all.
But the more testing to verify, the better.


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Simon Sharwood is trolling Linus Torvalds again, as usual

  • Linus Torvalds 'starting to get worried' as Linux kernel 5.17 rc6 lands

    Linux kernel boss Linus Torvalds is "starting to be a bit worried" by lack of progress on version 5.17 of the project.

    In his weekly state of the kernel post, he opened with an observation that "whatever crazy things are going on in the world (and I personally had 'Zombie apocalypse' on my bingo card, not 'Putin has a mental breakdown'), it doesn't seem to have affected the kernel much."

    But something has affected this development cycle: a number of known regressions that Torvalds said have been known since the January 24 release of version 5.17 rc1.

    "They don't seem all that big and scary," he wrote, but he's sufficiently concerned about them to have flagged the possibility of delays to the release of version 5.17 if they're not fixed.

Anti-Linux clickbait or scare-mongering

  • Torvalds admits he's a bit worried about the next Linux build

    The speed at which Linux developers are working on version 5.17 of the popular kernel has gotten the OS’ boss a bit worried.

    In the weekly State of the kernel post, Linux creator (and the biggest developer) Linus Torvalds, said he believed the progress (or lack thereof) wasn’t caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, or “whatever crazy things are going on in the world”, as these things “don't seem to have affected the kernel much."

    However, the number of known regressions that Torvalds is claiming have been out there since late January have affected the development cycle. Although these “don't seem all that big and scary”, Torvalds did stress that some of them were reported right after the rc1 release, meaning they’re getting somewhat stale.

Kernel prepatch 5.17-rc6

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