In areas like Spain, this weekend has been totally normal, one more, if it weren't for the fact that we were (and still can) buy many products with discounts of all kinds. They are the days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which if I'm not mistaken fall after the last Thursday of November, which is the Thanksgiving day celebrated, for example, in the US. It is the day that begins the Christmas period, but Sunday had to come and I arrive also Linux 6.7-rc3.
In the information note about this release, Linus Torvalds has not made any mention of these days, and has limited himself to saying that Linux 6.7-rc3 It's a pretty normal size.. Without more details we cannot know if it is because people were half-hearted or because things have gone really well after the rc2 from seven days ago.
Linux 6.7-rc3 is small... why was it?
The diffstat here is dominated by a couple of rollbacks of some Realtek phy code (accounting for almost a third of the diff).
But ignoring that, most are pretty small, and all over the place. Ethernet drivers, smb client fixes, and bpf self-tests stand out as the most important areas, but we also have small random driver updates (block, gpu, nvme, hid, usb) and some arch fixes (x86, parisc, loongarch, rm64). Some file system fixes.
With 6.6 already staying with the label of the 2023 LTS version, it no longer matters so much when the stable version of Linux 6.7 will arrive. It could arrive on December 31, but it will likely be delayed a week due to the Christmas holidays and will be available starting January 8. About two months later Linux 6.8 will arrive, so it is not possible to know if it will finally be 6.7 or 6.8 that includes Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat.
When Linux 6.7 is officially released, Ubuntu users who want to install it will have to do so on their own, for which we usually recommend Mainline Kernels, a tool with a graphical interface that allows you to download and install the original kernel versions, and not those provided by Canonical. Which is better should be up to each individual, but what they do in Ubuntu is take the original or Mainline and apply the security patches.