There’s a whole host of press today about the release of Linux kernel 3.0. But, the amusing thing is that this isn’t a major code upgrade. It’s really just Linus Torvalds deciding that it’s time to move on from the 188.8.131.52 days.
As he said in a web posting: “So what are the big changes? NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Sure, we have the usual two thirds driver changes, and a lot of random fixes, but the point is that 3.0 is *just* about renumbering…”
And in the same posting, he said: “I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can no longer comfortably count as high as 40.”
But, the most amusing thing is that (including this blog entry), people are writing volumes about the new kernel release, while Linus covered it in three words:
Ubuntu users can now just sit back and wait for the new kernel to be rolled out in a future system update.
Linus Torvalds announces stable release of Linux kernel 3.0