The latest update from Linux inventor Linus Torvalds (opens in new tab)which contains some key information for the first release candidate of version 6.1 contains some underlying messages and requests to the developers of the project.
He begins by saying that “we have ‘only’ 11.5k non-merge commits during this merge window, compared to 13.5k last time,” which is “not exactly tiny, but smaller than the last few releases.” .
We’ve previously written about Linux’s commitment to supporting Rust, and the latest news confirms that the “rust first scaffold” is part of version 6.1-rc1. He explains that “there’s no real Rust code in the kernel yet, but the infrastructure is there.”
Torvalds’ message to developers
Torvalds also took the opportunity to express his frustration at the volume of late pull requests.
He says: “Yes the merge window is two weeks but that’s a lot to give me time to think things over, not ‘two weeks to quickly put together a branch that you send Linus on Friday the second week’ .”
In fact, his dig at the developers of the project goes further: “They all work all night to get the newspaper the day before [deadline]’ is something that should have gone out the window after high school. Not for kernel development.”
The teacher-student threat continues: “You know who you are.”
While asking for things to be sent to him before the merge window opens, Torvalds expresses his tolerance for some late entries, which he attributes to “life happening”.
This isn’t the first time Torvalds has had to ask developers to pull the finger, and he suspects it won’t be the last either, but he hopes “more people could take it to heart”.
https://www.techradar.com/news/linus-torvalds-wants-more-help-from-developers Linus Torvalds wants more help from Linux developers