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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Just before last weekend, Linus Torvalds released the fifth pre-release version of Linux 3.2. In his release email, he expressed some disappointment about the increase in commits since RC4 compared to the second and fourth release candidates. Torvalds says that there's "nothing really scary" in RC5, noting that the changes tend "to be pretty small, and many of them are solid regression fixes"
Torvalds has not yet given any indication of an expected release date for kernel 3.2. But, with many kernel developers away from their keyboards over the Christmas and New Year period, to avoid having the Linux 3.3 merge window fall within this period, the next major Linux version is unlikely to be released before early January. The Kernel Log will nonetheless complete the "Coming in 3.2" series before Christmas. Following articles on new features in the areas of network drivers and infrastructure, filesystems and architecture and processor support, this article is concerned with other kernel infrastructure. The series will conclude with an article on drivers.