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SubjectLinux v2.6.24-rc1

This may count as one of the biggest -rc releases ever. It's humongous.
Usually the compressed -rc1 diffs are in the 3-5MB range, with occasional
smaller ones, and the occasional ones that top 6M, but this one is
*eleven* megs.

I'd blame the x86 renames (and the watchdog ones), but the thing is, it's
absolutely huge even when I generate the diff with git turning all those
renames into relatively small rename diffs (which I don't do for the
public diffs, since I expect that git people use git to get the changes,
and non-git people won't have tools that understand a diff that involves
renames).

In short, we just had an unusually large amount of not just x86 merges,
but also tons of new drivers (wireless networking stands out, but is by no
means the only thing - we've got dvb, regular wired network, mmc etc all
joining in), and a fair amount or architecture stuff, filesystems,
networking etc too.

So there's just lots of new stuff. The diffstat is ten thousand lines
long, and weighing in at comfortably over half a megabyte it is way over
the limits of this - or any sane - mailing list. The shortlog is barely
shorter, weighing in at "just" 8461 lines and almost 400k. The full
changelog (which I'm still producing for y'all, since people told me they
actually care last time I asked) is 4 megs.

In other words, I don't even know where to start. The big noticeable thing
is the x86 merge, and I think we all fervently hope that it won't cause
any issues. So far it's been pretty smooth sailing. Knock wood.

Less smooth has the scatter-gather changes to the block layer been, but
they are hopefully all in reasonable shape by now too. And the VM changes?
I honestly hope nobody even notices. Same goes for some of the VFS layer
changes that affected basically every filesystem (although in mostly very
straightforward ways).

Just for fun, I'd really encourage git users to just try the

git shortlog v2.6.23..

thing, it really is quite impressive.

Linus
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