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Linus Goes for 7 on Linux 3.5 as CentOS and LibreOffice Move Forward

  • July 16, 2012
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

On the Linux Planet, releases come out when they're ready. That's not always on a schedule and it's not always as fast some would like.

1) Linux 3.5 RC 7

Case in point for the slow open source release is the Linux 3.5 kernel. Linus Torvalds had wanted the 6th release candidate to be the near final one. The reason is that Torvalds and many other developers are now moving toward summer vacation mode.

As it turns out, Torvalds did not get his wish.

"Last week I thought that making an -rc7 was not necessarily really required, except perhaps mainly to check the late printk changes," Torvalds wrote in a mailing list posting. "But then today and yesterday, I got a ton of small pull requests, and now I find myself releasing an -rc7 that is actually bigger than rc6 was. Not cool, guys. Not cool."

If testing goes well the final Linux 3.5 would likely debut next week.

"Make sure it's all good," Torvalds advised. "Because I really wish I won't have to do an -rc8."

2) CentOS 6.3

CentOS is a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Like Torvalds (slightly) delayed Linux 3.5 release, CentOS has had its fair share of delays in recent years. The CentOS 6 release was months late . Not one or two months mind you, but 8 months later than the upstream RHEL release.

Since then though, CentOS developers have really picked up the pace. This past week, CentOS 6.3 was released, which is within a month of Red Hat's official RHEL 6.3 release.

3) LibreOffice 3.55 and 3.6.0 rc 1

LibreOffice also is diverging from its legacy past. Well it's legacy in the form of the OpenOffice.org project which also had more than its fair share of slow and lengthy release cycles.

This past week LibreOffice pushed out its latest stability fix with the 3.5.5 update. Looking beyond stability updates is the 3.6 release which is now at the RC 1 stage with a final release set to debut in the 'coming weeks' according to the Document Foundation. The LibreOffice 3.6 release introduces a long list of new features and will be the second major LibreOffice release so far in 2012. LibreOffice 3.5debuted in February.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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