'Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has revealed that inclement weather in
the USA meant he recently endured six electricity-free days in his
Portland, Oregon, home during which he was unable to tend to the
kernel. As a result he therefore pondered adding an extra week to the
merge window for version 5.12 of the Linux kernel. The Register
"As you can tell, I didn't do that," he said in his State of The
Kernel update that announced release candidate one of the new kernel
cut. "To a large part because people were actually very good about
sending in their pull requests, so by the time I finally got power
back, everything was nicely lined up and I got things merged up ok."
It wasn't just penguinistas behaving well that helped. Torvalds said
this version of the kernel has received around 10,000 commits. That's
rather fewer than the 12,000 or 13,000 he usually sees.
In case anyone was inconvenienced by blackout-induced inability to
merge, Torvalds said he's open to help any kernel devs for whom his
unavailability caused problems but is not open to all late pulls.
Torvalds rated the new release as offering "a fair amount of
historical cleanup" on account of "removing the legacy OPROFILE
support (the user tools have been using the "perf" interface for
years), and removing several legacy SoC platforms and various drivers
that no longer make any sense." Among the big inclusions in 5.12 are
Clang Link-Time Optimizations, which make for better compiler
performance, and support for Intel's eASIC NX5 silicon that aims to
offer an alternative to FPGAs in edge and cloud applications.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G SoC also gains support. '
-- source: https://linux.slashdot.org/story/21/03/01/2237246
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