Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.9, a bulky release that contains a larger number of commits than usual, two-thirds of its code consisting of drivers.
Currently, Linux 4.9 code in the Git repository contains 56,233 files made up of 22,345,566 lines of code, according to gitstats by Michael Larabel, an engineer and writer for Phoronix Media. He said that this large amount comes from more than 635,539 commits from around 16,000 authors, and the 22.3 million lines of code came from pure lines and non-core kernel code like various in-tree tools.
Besides the number of commits, Linux 4.9 comes to developers with AMD GPU register definition files, as well as a shorter Linux merge window for Linux 4.10. It’s possible that with the merge window open, 2016 might surpass last year’s number of commits, wrote Larabel.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht