Linus Torvalds approves Linux 3.0-rc1, contains no major changes

Yesterday has seen Linus Torvalds, the founder and chief architect of the Linux kernel, approve the next step of the Linux kernel – Linux 3.0-rc1. The debate has been raging in the Linux community for a while now over the step to a higher numbering of the Linux kernel, but Torvalds has decided to use his powers as Linux-man to start the ball rolling and call the next Linux kernel revision v3.0.

What will be the big changes for Linux kernel 3.0? “NOTHING. Absolutely nothing,” as Torvalds puts it in his message posted by TechSpot. The change to v3.0 will bring nothing revolutionary, no outstanding new features and nothing particularly special. Instead there will be lots of fixes to the kernel, driver updates and the usual stuff that goes into a Linux kernel update. Essentially, kernel 3.0 will be another day in the office and release close to the 20 year anniversary of the Linux code’s release on October 5, 1991, which is a good enough excuse for Torvalds to approve a renumbering.

Torvalds signed off on the Linux kernel 3.0-rc1 on May 30, bringing support for the Xbox 360 Kinect controller, updated graphics drivers and some processor optimizations on Intel’s Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs along with AMD’s Fusion APU. There are other scattered fixes throughout but again, there is nothing major to note with the new kernel other than the step forward with naming.

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Do people realise we are talking about a kernel here and not a distro ?

You can't expect much change in a kernel. Stability and security is what is important. Baby step if you try to reinvent the wheel you gonna have problems.

I fail to see how people are saying there's been no changes. If you look at the featureset of 2.0, then compare that to 3.0, the number of new features is evident. Those 39 point releases of the 2.x kernel aren't all bugfixes, a lot are landing new features.
Take any random product x, and introduce the same number of features between one release and the next and I think it would merit rolling over to a new version number.

Im fine with just improvements. Reinventing the wheel while the wheel is all what we need its uneccesary. I prefer small and steady changes over time and constant bug fixes over experimental features that might break the system. I use my computer for work, not as a toy or a sandbox.

sanctified said,
Im fine with just improvements. Reinventing the wheel while the wheel is all what we need its uneccesary. I prefer small and steady changes over time and constant bug fixes over experimental features that might break the system. I use my computer for work, not as a toy or a sandbox.

Imagine if that was Windows Kernel 3, people would freak out for no changes, probably get a heart attack too.

sanctified said,
Im fine with just improvements. Reinventing the wheel while the wheel is all what we need its uneccesary. I prefer small and steady changes over time and constant bug fixes over experimental features that might break the system. I use my computer for work, not as a toy or a sandbox.

New features don't really count as re-inventing. If the kernel doesn't have the features they are adding to it, not re-inventing something it already has.

FoxieFoxie said,

Imagine if that was Windows Kernel 3, people would freak out for no changes, probably get a heart attack too.

Well, Windows 7 have basically the Windows NT kernel but improved and updated, so?

Unix2 said,

Well, Windows 7 have basically the Windows NT kernel but improved and updated, so?

Ye the NT kernel has almost no upgrades from 5 to 6, or even from 4 to 5. just a few bug fixes?
people flame microsoft if they dont add enough features to a new version of windows.
why not linux?
and i rather see them increasing from 2.6.* and not use the birthday as a new version number. it makes the linux version number WORTHLESS. way to follow the Google, sheeple

Shadowzz said,
i rather see them increasing from 2.6.* and not use the birthday as a new version number.

it makes the linux version number WORTHLESS. way to follow the Google, sheeple

They've been on time-based releases for a while now. What is the difference is it is an anniversary instead of a two or three week merge window? Its taken 20 years to get to version 3, so you can't say Linus is increasing the version number at random.

Shadowzz said,

people flame microsoft if they dont add enough features to a new version of windows.
why not linux?

So all you want is a flamefest?
Anyway, Linux mantra has always been different. It's about stability, not radical changes. Im not saying it's better than other OSes, its just its own vision.

Shadowzz said,

and i rather see them increasing from 2.6.* and not use the birthday as a new version number. it makes the linux version number WORTHLESS. way to follow the Google, sheeple

A shorter simple number would help to have a better organization of the kernel modules and addons. It's for cleanup reasons.

Shadowzz said,

people flame microsoft if they dont add enough features to a new version of windows.
why not linux?

Kind of unfair to compare the kernel of Linux (which is what is being discussed here) to the entirety of Windows. I could see your point if we were discussing a complete Linux distro going from one version number to another with no noticeable changes, but that isn't what we are talking about here.

sanctified said,
Im fine with just improvements. Reinventing the wheel while the wheel is all what we need its uneccesary. I prefer small and steady changes over time and constant bug fixes over experimental features that might break the system. I use my computer for work, not as a toy or a sandbox.

Yep,
I'd MUCH rather see stability and bug fixes over eye candy (which is about all Vista was over XP whether we're talking kernel or not) or other non essentials any day also. If the OS isn't going to be stable, it's basically worthless.

Neobond said,

You win at the Internetz!

Yeah, that's Neowin today. Admins celebrating useless comments that can incite fanboys. Great Steve.

sanctified said,

Yeah, that's Neowin today. Admins celebrating useless comments that can incite fanboys. Great Steve.

Chill. Its a joke, when did everyone on neowin start taking everything seriously? Linux is a big player in other markets than the home pc/laptop one and any decent techie knows that. So take the joke for what it is and chill!

Hollow.Droid said,

Chill. Its a joke, when did everyone on neowin start taking everything seriously? Linux is a big player in other markets than the home pc/laptop one and any decent techie knows that. So take the joke for what it is and chill!


I take very seriously that this community is unbearable because if fanboys. Lighthearted attitudes like steve's makes room for this kind of behavior.

sanctified said,

I take very seriously that this community is unbearable because if fanboys. Lighthearted attitudes like steve's makes room for this kind of behavior.

*of fanboys