||Linus Torvalds <>
||Sun, 19 Dec 2021 14:39:17 -0800
Things are calming down, and rc6 is fairly small. That's normal for
this time in the release schedule, but it's also normal for this time
And I expect that the next two weeks will be very quiet, and smaller
still. But maybe people are bored, maybe people are staying in due to
covid picking up again, we'll just see.
Regardless of what happens, I will be making an rc8 - not because this
release looks particularly problematic, but simply due to the seasonal
holidays. There's no point in releasing a final 5.16 and opening the
merge window when people are still on holiday or just coming back. So
we'll have at least one extra week of rc this release, even if no
nasty issues appear. And if issues _do_ appear, that can obviously
delay things further, even if that may look unlikely right now.
Anyway, on the rc6 front, most of the changes here are drivers (mainly
networking, usb, and gpu, with some minor noise elsewhere), although
the bpf seltest additions do show up in the diff quite prominently
There's the usual arch updates too. A good chunk of of those are to
dts files, so maybe they count as driver updates.. But there's some
other small changes in there: x86 kvm fixes, powerpc, s390 and mips
fixes, arm soc fixes etc.
The rest is spread out - filesystems (btrfs, ceph, ciph) and core
kernel (mostly networking).
I know most of us are preparing for Christmas, but give it a whirl,
ok? How important are those presents (and that family) anyway?
Shortlog appended for people who want to scan the details,