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Linux 5.16-rc7

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To the surprise of absolutely nobody, this rc7 is fairly small.

The stats look pretty normal, with about three quarters being drivers
(networking, input, sound, tee, hwmon, rdma..). Somewhat unusually, we
have a PC keyboard controller (not USB - the old legacy kind) fix in
here - one of the earliest supported hardware still hangs around, and
still gets some probe-time changes for odd hardware.

The rest is mainly some kvm and networking fixes, and a few random
stragglers elsewhere.

Obviously the holidays are a big reason it's all small, so it's not
like this is a sign of us having found all bugs, and we'll keep at
this for at least two more weeks.

Hope everybody had a good Xmas (or insert your preferred alternative
holiday) and I'll wish you a happy new year in advance. Because I
suspect the upcoming week will be even quieter since at least _some_
of this past week was "this is my last pull request before xmas".

Shortlog appended, please do give this a whirl.


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Kernel prepatch 5.16-rc7

  • Kernel prepatch 5.16-rc7

    The 5.16-rc7 kernel prepatch is out for testing. "Obviously the holidays are a big reason it's all small, so it's not like this is a sign of us having found all bugs, and we'll keep at this for at least two more weeks".

Linux Kernel 5.16 Brings Tidings of Memory Management, 8K Video

  • Linux Kernel 5.16 Brings Tidings of Memory Management, 8K Video

    The release of Linux Kernel version 5.16 has suffered a slight delay. Said delay was St. Nick and the holiday season. This is fairly typical, as, during the months of November and December, development on the Linux kernel does slow down. To that, Linux keeper Linus Torvalds wrote:

    With the holidays coming up, things are probably going to slow down both on the development and testing front, and as a result, I expect that I will also extend the [release candidate] series by another week not because it’s necessarily needed (too early to tell, but doesn’t feel that way), but simply because nobody will want to open the next merge window immediately in the new year.

    So, if you were hoping Santa Claus would leave you a shiny new kernel in your stocking, you’re going to be disappointed to find that particular repository a bit empty.

    Fret not, that new kernel will be here soon after the holidays.

    But what does it promise? Truth be told, there are no show stoppers in this release. That being said, kernel 5.16 won’t be one to shrug off. Why? Because there’s plenty of new hardware support and features to get excited about.

    Let’s unwrap that give and find out what’s hidden underneath that shiny paper.

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