Linux Top 3: Linux 3.10 Gets Bigger
Some Linux kernel releases are larger than others. Than there is Linux 3.10
Linus Torvalds released the fifth release candidate for Linux 3.10 on Saturday and he isn't impressed.
Linus Torvalds has already gone on record with his qualms about Linux 3.10. When he issued the first release candidate in May he was already concerned that it would be the biggest RC1 ever.
"So this is the biggest -rc1 in the last several years (perhaps ever) at least as far as counting commits go, even if not necessarily in actual lines (I didn't check the statistics on that)," Torvalds wrote in a mailing list message .
Now four release candidates and a month later, at a point where the release should be firming up - it's not.
"I wish I could say that things are calming down, but I'd be lying," Torvalds wrote. "rc5 is noticeably bigger than rc4, both in number of commits and in files changed (although rc4 actually had more lines changed, so there's that)."
More than half the changes are drivers and the other half are incremental architecture updates. Torvalds is adamant that he for the remainder of the Linux 3.10 cycle that things calm down.
"So the next pull request I get that has "cleanups" or just pointless churn, I'm going to call you guys out on, and try to come up with new ways to insult you, your mother, and your deceased pet hamster," Torvalds wrote.
2) KDE Updates
KDE received its regularly scheduled monthly up date on-time (as always) last week. The KDE 4.10.4 update provides over 50 bugfixes for the open source Linux desktop.
"These updates continue the series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.10 series. 4.10.4 updates bring many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the 4.10 release and are recommended updates for everyone running the 4.10 release series. As this release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone.
3) Red Hat Summit
This week, Red Hat hosts its annual Summit event where executives, partners and customer hear about the Linux leaders latest innovations.
Red Hat is expected to discuss its cloud efforts including OpenShift, CloudForms and OpenStack during the event.
One of the highlights of the event is typically Red Hat's monster session on what's coming in the next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat has previously hinted that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is scheduled for release sometime in 2013.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.