This morning we covered the 23 year birthday of Linux and now Torvalds decided to be sentimental and release the 3.17-rc2 version. Normally Torvalds releases the weekly RCs on Sundays, but due to LinuxCon Chicago last week he didn't do a release this past Sunday and decided to carry it out on the 25 August birthday.
So I deviated from my normal Sunday schedule partly because there wasn't much there (I blame the KS and LinuxCon), but partly due to sentimental reasons: Aug 25 is the anniversary of the original Linux announcement ("Hello everybody out there using minix"), so it's just a good day for release announcements.
Anyway, for being an rc2 it's pretty small, and I can always hope that things stay that way. It's about 60% drivers (drm, networking, hid, sound, PCI), with 15% filesystem updates (cifs, isofs, nfs), 10% architectures (mips, arm, some minor x86 stuff) and the rest is "misc" (kernel, networking, documentation).
All over the place, in other words, and nothing in particular stands out.
Please do give it a good testing,
For those not up to speed with the Linux 3.17 kernel, it includes many new features and we have already started delivering benchmarks and other tests from Linux 3.17 while many more articles are forthcoming on Phoronix.