Linked by Elv13 on Fri 20th May 2011 21:06 UTC
Linux Version 2.6.39 once again took Linus Torvalds and his fellow developers less than 70 days to complete. This is further indication of a slight, though ever more apparent, increase in the kernel's development speed, as about 80 to 90 days still passed between the release of two versions one or two years ago. With 2.6.39, this also meant that there was a slight decrease in the number of advancements which are worth mentioning in the Kernel Log; however, there are still plenty of changes that will make Linux faster and better.
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RE[2]: Big Kernel Lock
by bannor99 on Mon 23rd May 2011 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Big Kernel Lock"
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They could have done it with a separate release like FreeBSD did - 4.x for stability, 5.x for new SMP.

That might also have allowed Linux to get the TTY layer rewrite in years earlier (is that even complete as yet?)
and we might still have Alan Cox maintaining it, who's probably been more important to the improvements in Linux than any single person incl Torvalds himself.

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