Linus Torvalds: Linux 6.7-rc4

List:       linux-kernel
Subject:    Linux 6.7-rc4
From:       Linus Torvalds <torvalds () linux-foundation ! org>
Date:       2023-12-03 10:18:40
Message-ID: CAHk-=wjsbytYq780PM-Wby_2rPabxg-WT-CRPZZaVYsmLiacHw () mail ! gmail ! com
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Another -rc with slightly odd timing due to time zones and travel
(hey, it's Sunday afternoon *somewhere* right now), but it's the last
trip of the year, so we won't be seeing any more of that.

Of course, instead of travel, we have the holidays coming up. As
usual, that makes for an interesting release cadence, but at least
this time I think the timing ends up working out, with the holidays
happening during the tail end of the release schedule.

And that "tail end of the release schedule" is while the current 6.7
release is supposed to be very quiet anyway, which sounds nice and
like it all is working out just fine from a timing perspective.  But
the tail end of the release is then also when developers are supposed
to get ready for the _next_ merge window.

So while it all looks superficially convenient from a 6.7 release
schedule, it almost certainly means that we'll have to do something
about the 6.8 merge window.

We'll see. Maybe people will decide to try to get their ducks lined up
super-early for 6.8, or maybe we'll delay the next merge window or
something. I haven't decided yet, and nobody has emailed me in a panic
about it (yet).

*Anyway*, right now we're still a few weeks away from that, and this
is just the rc4 release. And things look fine for now, with a fairly
small rc4 - although that might also be due to me not being the only
developer on the road for conferences...

The appended shortlog gives the details, but the last week looks
pretty normal, with drivers dominating (drm and particularly the AMD
GPU side showing up in the diffstat). But we've got a little bit of
everything, including tooling, filesystems (bcachefs showing up, but
noise elsewhere too) and core networking. Some minor architecture
fixes too.

Please test,