Linux Kernel 3.11 RC1 Released by Linus Torvalds

The latest development branch of the Linux kernel is now available for download

Linus Torvalds has announced the immediate availability of the first release candidate in the 3.11 branch of the Linux kernel.

The next branch of Linux kernel, 3.11, has arrived fairly quickly and Linus Torvalds has pointed out that this is actually a smaller iteration than the corresponding 3.10 release.

“This merge window was smaller in terms of number of commits than the 3.10 merge window, but we actually have more new lines.”

“Most of that seems to be in staging - a full third of all changes by line-count is staging, and merging in Lustre is the bulk of that. Let's see how that all turns out, I have to say that we don't have a great track record on merging filesystems through staging,” state Linus Torvalds in the official announcement.

Even so, this is not a small release and a lot of changes and improvements have been pushed into the next version of Linux kernel.

“Despite being a bit smaller than the last merge window, it's not like this was a _tiny_ one, and so as usual I'm only summarizing with the normal -rc1 mergelog. Hey, let's all start testing,” said Torvalds.

Highlights of Linux kernel 3.11 RC1:

• ARM SoC non-critical bug fixes, cleanups, and specific changes have been implemented;

• Various VFS patches have been integrated;

• device-mapper changes have been made;

• Various vfio update have been integrated;

• Several powerpc updates have been implemented;

• x86 cleanups, fixes, and updates have been implemented;

• SCSI updates have been made;

• Power management and ACPI updates have been integrated.

A complete list of changes, improvements, and fixes can be found in the official changelog.

Download Linux kernel 3.11 Release Candidate 1 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.

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