Linux 6.7-rc1 has arrived without IA64 after the largest merge window in memory

Linux 6.7-rc1

No surprises in terms of releases. After a new stable version, Linus Torvalds opens the merger window, he goes one week without delivering anything to us and the next, the one that ended yesterday, give us the first Release Candidate of the next, in this case Linux 6.7-rc1. In his own words, it has been the largest fusion window he has ever had, at least if the amount of commits.

The other large windows were those of 4.9, 5.8 and 5.13, which had about 14200 commits, and Linux 6.7-rc1 arrived after a window with 15400 approximately. Part of the work has been left to bcachefs, and IA64 has also been eliminated, but the truth is that there are changes for a bit of everything. And Linux 6.7 is expected to be an interesting version like few others.

Linux 6.7 could be the LTS of 2023

In number of commits, this is the largest merge window we've ever had, with 15,4k unmerged commits. This is significantly larger than the previous largest releases (4.9, 5.8 and 5.13), all weighing 14.200 unmerged commits.

Now, part of that is obviously the bcachefs merge, which brought in a lot of commits since it includes the full story. But 6.7 is pretty big in other ways too, with 12678 files changed, 838819 insertions(+), 280754 deletions(-), which is also larger than those historically large versions. And that's not because of bcachefs, it's actually mainly due to the removal of ia64 and a lot of GPU support (in particular a lot of AMD GPU header files again – lots and lots of lines, but there's also support for new nvidia cards).

When the stable version is delivered to us, we will publish an article with the most notable new features that Linux 6.7 brings. Speaking of deadlines, the times are just right for the December 31, which could become the LTS version of 2023. It is not Torvalds who decides it, and it is also possible that it is 6.6 who keeps that title. For the 6.7 LTS to be 2023, the fact that it arrives this year must first be met, for which only the usual 7 RCs must be launched. If it requires an octave to correct something that doesn't come in on time, that's it.

When the time comes, Ubuntu users who want to install Linux 6.7 will have to do it on their own, for which we always recommend using Mainline Kernels. It is a tool with a graphical interface that allows you to install any official kernel that is available, and it was known as Ukuu until it became proprietary software.

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