Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, has received the most recent update (opens in a new tab), which contains some key information for the first release candidate of version 6.1, and contains some supporting messages and pleas to the project developers.
He begins by saying that during this merge window, we only have 11.5k non-merge commits, compared to 13.5k last time around, which is not exactly tiny, but smaller than the previous few releases.
We have already written about Linux''s commitment to supporting Rust, and latest news confirms that the initial Rust scaffolding has been included in version 6.1-rc1, which explains that there is no actual real Rust code in the kernel yet, but the infrastructure is there.
Torvalds message to developers
Torvalds used the opportunity to express his frustration about the amount of late pull requests.
Yes, the merge window is two weeks, but it''s very much to allow me time to look over things over, rather than two weeks to assemble a branch that you send Linus on Friday of the second week.
In fact, his work on the projects developers continues: The whole exercise an all-nighter to get the paper in the day before the [deadline] is something that should have gone out the window after highschool. Not for kernel development.
The teacher-pupil-style threat continues, and you know who you are.
While he asks that things be sent to him before the merge window opens, Torvalds expresses his tolerance for certain late entries, which he puts down to life.
This is not the first time that Torvalds has had to ask developers to pull their finger out, and he believes it will not be the last, however, although moving forward, he hopes that more people will take it to the heart.