Things are looking normal, and as usual, I _wish_ there was a bit less
churn going on since it's getting fairly late in the rc cycle, but
honestly, it's not like there is anything that really raises any
The bulk of this is drivers - with acpi and gpu sticking out, if only
by a hair. It's pretty mixed, really (hid, hwmon, iio, thermal, clk
drivers, libata, pinctrl, etc). There's the usual architecture updates
(mostly arm, some powerpc), there's some docbook fixes, and there's a
couple of filesystem fixes (f2fs, kernfs and ext4). With a smattering
of small core fixes (mainly cgroup) too.
According to the changelog, Linux kernel 3.2.61 is a quite big release that introduces better support for the x86, ARM, PowerPC, s390 and MIPS architectures, improves support for the EXT4, ReiserFS, Btrfs, NFS and UBIFS file systems, fixes random networking and sound issues, and includes a plethora of updated drivers (Wireless, InfiniBand, USB, ACPI, Bluetooth, SCSI, Radeon and Intel i915)
While Ubuntu Linux looks towards switching to systemd in the next year or two, a new version of Upstart has been released with Ubuntu still being dependent upon init daemon software.
The new release by Ubuntu's James Hunt is Upstart 1.13. The new release brings various fixes, disables chroot sessions by default, new tests and documentation, and other changes.
In a statement sent to The Verge, the Korean company says that it "plans to postpone" the Russian release of the phone, but will continue to "actively work with Tizen Association members to further develop TIzen OS and the Tizen ecosystem."
This follows the scuppering of plans to release a Tizen handset in Japan last year, which Samsung rationalized as the result of "poor market conditions." The strategy was altered again earlier this year to focus in on a few developing markets — among which Russia was to be the leader — where Samsung anticipates it can do well. But the deadline has been continuously slipping: from the end of June to the third quarter of 2014 to the current indefinite postponement. It's a peculiar situation since Samsung already has Tizen running on multiple smartwatches and was previously able to release smartphones running the Bada OS that was eventually integrated into the development of Tizen...
Linus Torvalds announced the final Release Candidate (RC) for what will become Linux 3.15, noting that he felt pretty comfortable with the state of things at this point. The 3.15- rc8 kernel contains just a smattering of core kernel fixes (some in the scheduler, some in the filesystem code), and a few more architecture- specific patches, but relatively little overall in the way of churn. In other words, 3.15 is largely baked and ready to go, with the weekly RCs serving their purpose of gradually tapering off toward the final RC7 or RC8 release. Oftentimes, final Linux kernels are released following the RC7 timeframe, with no need for an RC8 to be issued, but on this particular occasion there was enough in the way of small last-minute fixes for Linus to feel justified in holding off another week with an RC8 instead.