Another Linux 3.7 release candidate and new stable kernels
Linus Torvalds has released an eighth Linux 3.7 release candidate, announcing at the same time that the final version of 3.7 should be released in just about a week. He had originally planned on releasing the new kernel last weekend, according to his estimation when the sixth release candidate came out. On Sunday, however, he wanted to sleep on it before going ahead with an official release; the next day, he found out that a major problem hadn't been solved yet – one of a group of issues that leads the kswap daemon to overload the processor and slow down systems to the point of uselessness.
Around the same time Linux 3.7-rc8 came out, Greg Kroah-Hartman released the Linux 3.6.9 stable kernel as well as the Linux 3.0.54 and Linux 3.4.21 long-term kernels. As usual, they feature bug fixes and small improvements – like support for Realtek's ALC283, ALC290 and ALC292 HD audio codecs – that are not in danger of causing new, previously non-existent bugs. Long-term kernel 3.2.35 is still being worked on and will most likely be released later this week, probably on Thursday.
With Linux 3.7 coming in a few days, details of Linux 3.7's enhancements are already available in the Kernel Log series "What's Coming in Linux 3.7":
- Part 1 – Filesystems and storage
- Part 2 – Networking
- Part 3 – Infrastructure
- Part 4 – Drivers
- Part 5 – CPU and platform code