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Article from Issue 195/2017

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Biggest Kernel Release Ever

Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux kernel 4.9 stating that it's the biggest release ever. Torvalds wrote on the LKML mailing list, "I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in number of commits."

Linux 4.9 comes with more than 22 million lines of code. "If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past, but they have tended to be due to specific issues (v4.2 got a lot of lines from the AMD GPU register definition files, for example, and we've had big reorganizations that caused a lot of lines in the past: v3.2 was big due to staging, v3.7 had the automated uapi header file disintegration, etc.)," said Torvalds, "In contrast, 4.9 is just big."

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