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Minor Gems

The following links lead to some small but by no means insignificant changes:

ACPI, DMA, PCI, and similar

Crypto and Security

Memory Management




Every link is preceded by various letters and numbers in square brackets. The letter "C" identifies patches that modify Kconfig files, which contain the help texts and configuration options displayed by "make menuconfig", "make xconfig" and similar tools during kernel configuration. "D" is used for patches that modify the documentation available under Documentation/ in the kernel branch. "N" identifies changes which create a new file. The numbers provide a rough idea of the patch size: For instance, "1" is used for changes between 10 and 20 KBytes including comment, "2" for patches between 20 and 30 KBytes; changes without a number are less than 10 KBytes, while patches marked "9" are 90 KBytes or more.


During the merge window phase at the beginning of each development cycle, the kernel developers describe the majority of changes for a new kernel version in the source code management system. Consequently, every kernel version's most important changes are already determined weeks before a new final kernel release. Occasionally, however, the kernel developers incorporate a few not quite as important "minor gems" into the Linux kernel in the second phase of the development cycle – sometimes after the Kernel Log has covered the kernel's relevant subsystem. There have been a few of these in the 3.5 cycle:

For other articles on Linux 3.5 and links to the rest of the "Coming in 3.5" series, see The H's Kernel Log Linux 3.5 Tracking page. Further background information about the developments in the Linux kernel area can be found using the search function at The H Open Source. Information about previous Linux kernel releases can be found in The H's Linux Kernel History. New editions of Kernel Logs are also mentioned on and Twitter by @kernellog2. The Kernel Log author also posts updates about various topics on and Twitter as @kernellogauthor.

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