Also, there are various other fixes like per threadAMDChanges in CPU microcode loading and various other issues resolved, on the one hand, more developers and testers are now trying out this fresh Linux 6.1 code.
Well, usually, the week that the rc2 release is in is a pretty quiet week, and that’s mostly it at first. It was the same at the beginning, but then things took a turn and it got weird. The end result is that 6.1-rc2 ends up being incredibly large.
The main reason isn’t bad though, it’s because Mauro screwed up the pull request for the media tree during the merge, so rc2 ended up having one “Oops, there’s still some stuff left to do!” moments at the end. Since it’s all in linux-next again (yes, I checked, so others shouldn’t try this trick), I ended up pulling the missing piece in rc2 weeks.
But if you ignore the media tree part, with rc2 everything becomes normal.
Anyway, ignoring those media changes, we still have some improvements, ranging from architectural updates, drivers (GPU, device mapper, networking), EFI, some core kernel fixes (mm, scheduler, cgroups, networking). The complete short record has been attached (and the short record does include the media section).
Let’s test it together.
More Linus Torvalds comments on 6.1-rc2 can be read via his release announcement:
Check out my Linux 6.1 feature overview to learn more about all the breaking changes in this kernel, which could end up being this year’s Long Term Support (LTS) kernel series once it debuts as a stable release in December.