Last week Linux 2.6.30-rc1 was released, but this afternoon Linus Torvalds has pushed out the second release candidate for the Linux 2.6.30 kernel series. The second release candidate introduces a new architecture (called microblaze), an input layer update, a new Intel virtual networking driver, firmware loading updates, and Intel graphics driver updates. The Microblaze processor architecture is developed by Xilinx for some of their FPGA products and is a 32-bit Harvard RISC architecture. The Linux 2.6.30-rc2 kernel release announcement can be read at LKML.org...
It is unfortunate but unfortunately there is no set in stone standard to which software development phases are followed. Alpha, beta, RC designations are determined by the project group rather then a standard. Just look how many bugs still riddle Wine even though after 10 years of Alpha status in a few months it went as Final with pages of known bugs still open.
Heh they should rename the -ck branch to the -rip branch. Too bad they pissed the only guy that really gave a crap about desktop performance in the kernel.
If his departure from the scene was so detrimental then what does that say about the validity of benchmarking done here with PTS?
Surely he's not the only one who cares, but is he the only one who can influence desktop performance within the kernel? If Prey, Unreal, and Nexuiz all take a nosedive in 2.6.31 (backed by PTS) will that news cause any reaction within the kernel development community leading to better performance in say 2.6.33 or 2.6.34?