Linus Torvalds, Founder of Linux foundation who has the reputation of overseeing all the releases and editions of Linux and lashing out at those who doesn’t meet his standards has stopped signing the latest Linux kernel tarballs.
He has released the Linux 4.12 a day early from mother’s day. “So I'm doing this one day early, because I don't like last-minute pull requests during the merge window anyway, and tomorrow is mother's day, so I may end up being roped into various happenings,” Torvalds wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.
The release is dominated by new AMD Vega 10 header files that have all the register definitions and the new Intel Atom IPU driver. He also adds that this release will contain more drivers, arch updates, documentation and misc. It also contains the USB-C manager, Budget Fair Queuing and Kyber I/O scheduler, which will speed up the I/O, storage and memory on Intel CPUs.
This release also marks the end of line for Linux on Atmel’s AV32 RISC silicon. Torvalds also informs the users that he hasn’t uploaded any diffs or tar-balls for this rc, because they should be automatically generated by kernel.org for the rc’s and if any user really needs to sign by key, they can get the repo via Git and check the tags.
It would seem like a small change in this release but one has to aware of the security concerns around it.
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