THE LINUX KERNEL has been committed again, this time to version 4.1. Linus Torvalds, or Mr Linux to you, announced the news on the mailing list as per.
It was promised at the release of version 4.0 that 4.1 would be a bigger deal, and 4.0 was downplayed by Torvalds as a more administrative number change than a sea change.
Torvalds said at the time: "Linux 4.0 was a pretty small release in linux-next and in final size, although obviously 'small' is relative. It's still over 10,000 non-merge commits. But we've definitely had bigger releases and, judging by linux-next, v4.1 is going to be one of the bigger ones."
There's a lot more going on in this one, but perhaps not as much as you might expect from that statement.
There are power management tweaks for ARM and x86 devices, support for additional WiFi cards from Realtek, and modifications for various tablets and controllers, including rumble controls for the Xbox One controller.
Nothing is major, but all these little tweaks will represent the thing that someone has been waiting for.
You won't see Linux 4.1 in the public eye for a while, but developers are already preparing it for release.
Ubuntu 5.10 (codenamed: Wily Werewolf) is already incorporating it ahead of its release in October, and enterprise distros such as Red Hat have indicated that they will integrate 4.0 at around the same time.
Torvalds wrote: "So after a *very* quiet week after the 4.1-rc8 release, the final 4.1 release is now out. I'm not sure if it was quiet because there really were no problems (knock wood), or if people decided to be considerate of my vacation, but whatever the reason, I appreciate it."
Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, told INQUIRER readers in a recent column that the speed of kernel development in Linux is "unmatched". µ
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