New Stable Linux Kernel

It’s finally come out, linux kernel 2.6.12. I’ve been running the various 2.6.11.* kernels for the last few months it seems like. Have been waiting for ever for 2.6.12 stable to come out. Typically I’ll run the testing kernels, but didn’t want to upgrade to 2.6.12 before it became stable. No reason really.

I think it came out today. Nearly three and a half months after 2.6.11 was released. KernelTrap has the best summary I’ve seen so far. And I haven’t really read much of the ChangeLog, so I can’t really say anything about it at the moment. It’s downloading right now, at unusually slow speeds. Anyway, here’s what KernelTrap says.

This is the first stable release of the Linux kernel since the source code was moved out of BitKeeper in early April of 2005 [story]. 2.6.12-rc3, released in late April, was the first release candidate kernel managed by Git [], thus Linus’ git repository only holds changes since 2.6.12-rc2. Due to this fact, Linus did not release a complete changelog between 2.6.11 [story] and 2.6.12. He explains, “the full ChangeLog ended up missing, because I only have the history from 2.6.12-rc2 in my git archives, but if you want to, you can puzzle it together by taking the 2.6.12 changelog and merging it with the -rc1 and -rc2 logs in the testing directory.” The latest version of the Linux kernel can be obtained directly from the archive [story], or your nearest kernel archives mirror.

KernelTrap also has links to related stories they’ve done, mostly about 2.6.12 and about the move to Git from BitKeeper.


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