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Linux 3.12 Merge Window Closes With Release of Linux 3.12-rc1

timothy posted about a year ago | from the just-in-time-for-the-next-big-thing dept.

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hypnosec writes "Linus Torvalds has released Linux 3.12-rc1, marking the first major development in over two weeks for the forthcoming successor of the Linux 3.11 kernel. Announcing the closure of the 3.12 merge window, Torvalds said in the release announcement that the window was fairly normal. Dissecting the updates, he noted that 73 percent of them are related to drivers, 12 percent related to architecture updates, and 6 percent related to file systems. ... Torvalds liked the 'scalability improvements that got merged this time around.' Torvalds also mentioned the tty layer locking getting resolved, and work on dentry refcount scalability."

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Is it true they removed host file support? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44872763)

If so apk is gunna be pissed.

Re:Is it true they removed host file support? (3, Informative)

petermgreen (876956) | about a year ago | (#44873131)

Host files have nothing to do with the kernel. Name resoloution on linux is handled by userland libraries.

Re:Is it true they removed host file support? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873939)

Woosh.

Re:Is it true they removed host file support? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#44876795)

Just some friendly advice when it comes to APK and HOSTS files...

1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
2. Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and the pig likes it.
3. Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
4. When the wise man argues with the fool, the fool crapfloods the thread and there is no peace.

first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44872787)

but does it run solitaire?

Re:first (2)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44872865)

Not yet, and that could be a real blocker for 2014 being the year that linux conquers the desktop.

Re:first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873051)

what's a "desktop" grandpa?


-- posted from my eyePhone

Re:first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44875041)

There are javascript solitaire games that work fine on any OS.

Re:first (1)

peppepz (1311345) | about a year ago | (#44874859)

Wine does have an implementation of cards.dll.

Compatibility? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44872843)

Can I still run this in my workgroups like in the last version?

Its happening again! (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#44872853)

A Slashdot post for every minor release of the Linux kernel.
I was ok with Linux Kernel 3.11, as it kinda made fun of the Popular Windows 3.11 version.
Also when Linux lost his stuff when his Hard Drive died.
But to fill stories with every Minor release, it gets kinda silly.

Re:Its happening again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873025)

But to fill stories with every Minor release, it gets kinda silly.

Are you a German?

I'm a fanboi and I agree (2)

raymorris (2726007) | about a year ago | (#44873041)

I've been accused of being a Linux fanboy and even I agree.

Of course, I've also been accused of being a Microsoft shill and an Oracle shill. I AM a Linux kernel dev, barely, so yeah, that qualifies me as being a fan, I suppose.

* My name is in the kernel CHANGELOG exactly once.

but tell me when RedHat upgrades 2.3 to 3.10 (1)

raymorris (2726007) | about a year ago | (#44873089)

Having said that, RedHat is still stable on kernel 2.3.32, with some features backported. I WOULD be interested in knowing when the distros jump to a 3.10 or higher kernel. Bcache is going to be awesome for writeback caching.

Re:but tell me when RedHat upgrades 2.3 to 3.10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44874947)

2.6.32 maybe? (the RHEL6 series is on that anyway, RHEL4 is on 2.6.9, don't have a 5 box to hand at the moment, but distrowatch says 2.6.18)

Re:I'm a fanboi and I agree (5, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about a year ago | (#44873113)

>* My name is in the kernel CHANGELOG exactly once.
"Fixed the bit Ray M broke"

lol, that's actually kind of true (1)

raymorris (2726007) | about a year ago | (#44873749)

That's funny, and even more so because it's somewhat true.
I found that one could break LVM or other layers by using it on top of a resyncing mdadm RAID.

The key was, I broke it REPEATABLY, so I could then confirm that a certain patch fixes it. When I could no longer make it break, it was known to be fixed.

Re:I'm a fanboi and I agree (1)

Skiron (735617) | about a year ago | (#44875279)

Haha - that made me laugh out loud, indeed :)

Linux fanboi ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44874293)

NO real Linux advocate would refer to himself as a 'fanboi'

Re:Its happening again! (1)

Timothy Hartman (2905293) | about a year ago | (#44873049)

I particularly don't like Linus stories that don't portray him as swearing tyrant who is out of touch and preventing Linux from widespread adoption.

Re:Its happening again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44874251)

But the "swearing tyrant" is why Linux is doing so well. Someone has to let many of the programmers know that they're bad. He may blow things up, but it's hard to fight his logic.

Re:Its happening again! (1)

delt0r (999393) | about a year ago | (#44873065)

You can always not click on such stories and not post on them either. Seriously why do you have to click on every /. story? Your brain broken or something?

Re:Its happening again! (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44873133)

I was ok with Linux Kernel 3.11, as it kinda made fun of the Popular Windows 3.11 version.

I think I speak for everyone here at Slashdot when I say that it's a massive relief that you were OK with Slashdot reporting on Linux Kernel 3.11.

However, I'm sure you don't speak for everyone here on Slashdot when you complain about kernel release news. More than a few of us are interested in such things, and would like to discuss the releases here on Slashdot, preferably with a minimum of whining. You've already used up the quota here...

Re:Its happening again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44874931)

Okay, I'm willing to listen to your thoughts on Linux 3.12-rc2, 3.12-rc3, 3.12-rc4, 3.12-rc5, 3.12-rc6, 3.12-rc7 and 3.12 final when each of them are released.

Re:Its happening again! (1)

NotBorg (829820) | about a year ago | (#44905733)

RC1's significance is that marks the end of the merge window. It means that large chunk of features have made it in which is interesting. It also marks the start of the testing phase, which we want a lot of participation in. There are a lot of reasons why RC1 is interesting and noteworthy.

My thoughts on other RCs? While they're an important part of the process, they aren't interesting enough to warrant much discussion. Which is why you won't see articles on them.

On the other hand, it would be fun to create and promote articles about the other RCs simply because we now know they're good clickbait for angry nerds in search of something to rage about. Thanks for the tip!

Re:Its happening again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873351)

You do know that there is a place [slashdot.org] where you can influence which stories make it to the main page?
Maybe this story hit the main page because there are enough Linus-worshippers and people entertained by the concept of trolling Linus-worshippers to vote this into primary circulation.

Re:Its happening again! (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#44874965)

Agreed, keep that on linux.com.

I must be tired (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44872881)

I looked at the headline and thought it said Linux was to merge with Windows

Re:I must be tired (2)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about a year ago | (#44872891)

Not without, at least, dinner and drinks.

Re:I must be tired (2)

Aboroth (1841308) | about a year ago | (#44872919)

Man you must be tired!

It's pretty cool that Linux is now able to close windows.

Re:I must be tired (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#44874435)

I looked at the headline and thought it said Linux was to merge with Windows

Well, not merged, but they sleep in the same digital bed of my hard drive: Rockin' knockin' dual boots. [youtube.com]

No denying they've been doin' tha nasty. I mean, they spawned Wubi...

First (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44872895)

omg this is my first time being first!

nothing noteworthy (5, Interesting)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about a year ago | (#44873001)

so let me get this straight. linus says this release is "fairly normal" (ie. nothing special), and someone thought "hey I should post this to slashdot!"?

Re:nothing noteworthy (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#44873283)

I find that fairly normal. Par for the course, you might say.

Re:nothing noteworthy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873501)

It's not an actual release, just an rc.

Re:nothing noteworthy (2)

Atzanteol (99067) | about a year ago | (#44874779)

What's more amazing is that somebody then thought "that's so outrageous I need to post a complaint about it!"

Re:nothing noteworthy (0)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#44875003)

Yes, normal in that did he go ballistic on somebody during the merge over a badly written fix or did he just take it out on his SSD?

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873173)

Torvalds also makes a note about the tty layer locking getting resolved, and work on dentry refcount scalability."

What does this even mean? Explanation please. What is a 'dentry refcount scalability'. Is Torvalds going to start fixing my teeth?

Re:Huh? (2)

the_cosmocat (1009803) | about a year ago | (#44873451)

dentry is for "directory entry". To do really simple, it's a little struct that describe a file : his name and a pointer toward an i-node containing the datas of the file

"Windows", "Linux" and "Merge" in same sentence (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873225)

A cursory reading of the headline made me think for a moment that a merge of Linux and Windows is getting closer.

Damn Title Case.

Damn information overload and the resulting quick readings.

important metric: (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#44873279)

how many of those "fixes" are backdoors secretly planted by the NSA?

I know linus does his kernel work on an isolated computer (no internet connection) but the NSA doesn't mind a little breaking and entering to install malware on a high value target like that.

Re:important metric: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44873599)

Step 1: Rig new SSDs so that they contain a hidden wifi+"phone home for further instructions" firmware. Complete.
Step 2: [Redacted]. Complete.

Re:important metric: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44876621)

Step 3: Profit.

Re:important metric: (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#44873789)

The history of all Kernel changes are stored publicly in GIT and can be validated using checksums. But I still enjoy the humor :p

Re:important metric: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44875241)

But since GIt was written by the same guy, surely they compromised that as well!

Notably . . . (1)

greenreaper (205818) | about a year ago | (#44873713)

It's best to mix up your adjectives a bit. If you have someone "note" everything, it gets boring rather quickly. If you get stuck, "said' or "wrote" are good options.

Re:Notably . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44878635)

Those are verbs.

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