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The Road to 3.10 – The Kernel Column

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Ed’s note – this article was originally published in LUD 128, when Kernel 3.10 was still in development

Linus Torvalds has announced four release candidate (rc) 3.10 kernels since he closed the merge window (period of time during which intrusive changes are taken into the kernel). The merge window for 3.10 is the busiest in Linux history, with over 12,000 changesets (collections of patches implementing a specific new feature, bug fix or other change) merged in two weeks. He subsequently announced several additional RCs, with the fourth being the most recent as we went to press (there are typically seven or eight total, one per week, during a kernel release). In announcing 3.10- rc4, Linus says, “rc4 is smaller than rc3 (yay!). But it could certainly be smaller still (boo!).”

Features merged into 3.10 include the full ‘dynamic tick’ support that we discussed in a previous issue.

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