Linus Torvalds is pretty sure he’ll release version 4.16 of the Linux kernel next week.
The development cycle for this version has been quiet. So quiet that Linus’ weekly pronouncements have been brief, dull and unremarkable, just like each weekly code rollup.
But in the last week, Torvalds told the kernel mailing list on Sunday March 25th, “rc7 is much too big for my taste.”
“By this time in the release, things should have calmed down more than they apparently have.”
The problem this week was the arrival of “2.5 weeks worth of networking stuff, and that makes rc7 look artificially bigger.”
“That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.”
Boosting the likelihood of a full release next week is that one of the big patches that bloated this release “is jist removing support for the old x86 PPro SMP memory ordering errata workaround that nobody should use anyway.”
The biggest patch, he said, is “a fix for hyperv network device detach events”.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht