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This merge window felt a lot more normal than 5.8, and all the stats
confirm thar it seems to be the usual size.

The only thing that stands out is yet another AMD GPU header file
drop, but by now that almost counts as "usual" too. It does mean that
the diff stats are dominated by those AMD updates, and almost exactly
half of the diff is under drivers/gpu/drm/amd/, but it's the usual big
register definitions (presumably once more generated from the hw
files) and doesn't really matter in the big picture.

If you ignore that, stats look very normal. Even ignoring the AMD GPU
updates, drivers are still about 60% of the patch, and it's all over.
Outside of drivers, it's the usual mix of architecture updates,
documentation, core networking, tooling and filesystem updates.

"Normal size" is still obviously pretty big, so the appended is just
my merge-log as usual. For details, dig down into whichever area
excites you in the git tree...


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Also: Linus Torvalds Announces First Linux Kernel 5.9 Release Candidate

Linux 5.9-rc1 Kernel Released - Line Count Dominated By AMD Radeon Navi 2 Additions

Kernel prepatch 5.9-rc1

Linux 5.9 Features New GPU Support

  • Linux 5.9 Features New GPU Support To Numerous Security + Performance Optimizations

    Linux 5.9-rc1 is set to be released this evening in marking the end of the two-week long merge window where new features are introduced for the cycle.
    Linux 5.9 is shaping up to be another big release with as of writing having seen 456k lines of code added to the kernel tree this merge window since v5.8. For the Linux 5.9 merge window as of now there's been 727,379 insertions and 270,919 lines of code removed across 13,177 files. In comparison the Linux 5.8 merge window that was one of the largest ever saw 543k lines of code added while Linux 5.7 of its more modest size saw 263k lines added back during its merge window.

First Linux Kernel 5.9 Release Candidate Is Now Available

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