Linus Torvalds has announced the immediate availability of the third Release Candidate in the 3.11 branch of the kernel.Linux kernel 3.11 RC3 is right on schedule, but it has arrived with a lot more commits than the previous version.
If the RC2 was rather dreary, the current version is now too big for Linus Torvalds' taste. It seems that a lot more have people sent commits and he's not happy, again.
“Please just forget about me telling you people to get back to work last week. You got. -rc3 has about 50% more commits than -rc2 did. Part of it is that a few people missed rc2, but part of it is that people just sent me more.”
“Please stop. It's summer. It's nice outside. Take the kids to the pool or something. Send me just regression fixes. Otherwise I'll have to start shouting at people again,” stated Linus Torvalds in the official announcement.
Otherwise, the kernel has received some new drivers and various other changes that make it a valuable release in the grand scheme of things.
“The crc t10 dif crypto supprt got reverted too, since there were initrd infrastructure problems with it. But the bulk here is some block driver updates (drbd, rsxx, xen, bcache, libata), and the drm changes (mostly qxl, but there's changes to the "big tree" too: radeon, intel, nouveau).
“And various random other drivers - usb, scsi, pincontrol, etc. There's also the usual arch updates (mainly alpha, arm, powerpc),” ended Torvalds.
A complete list of changes, improvements, and fixes can be found in the official changelog.
Download Linux kernel 3.11 Release Candidate 3 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.