Linux User Kernel Column 3.7
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 3.6 kernel, saying that while the release did not contain earth-shattering new architectures or file systems, it did overall represent “solid progress”. We summarised some of the new features that landed in Linux 3.6 last issue. With the release of 3.6 came the traditional opening of the merge window for 3.7. This is the period of time during which Linus is willing to pull potentially disruptive patches (changes) into the kernel. This typically lasts for two weeks and is followed by a period of stabilisation, and multiple RC (release candidate) kernels are made available for testing. Linus gave a heads-up that he would be travelling for much of the merge window, but that didn’t seem to pose much of a problem.
Features pulled in during the merge window included a brand new architecture (AArch64, also known as ARMv8 or ‘arm64’ in the kernel community).