After the linux 5.6-rc1 was released, the second weekly candidate version of Linux 5.6, Linux Kernel 5.6-rc2, was also released. Overall, this is a fairly calm version of the test. More than half of the changes to Linux 5.6-rc2 are document updates, and most of the rest are tool updates around the perf subsystem.
Linus Torvalds commented in the announcement, “The rc2 patch is really more than just a Documentaiton update because the kvm document has become RST.” Another notable note is the tool update, which is approximately 50/50 perf update (mostly due to header file synchronization), and kvm update.
And says, “However, if you ignore these sections and only look at the actual kernel code updates, the situation will look calmer.” Most of the end are network driver updates (Intel ‘ice’ drivers – E800 series-stand out) and GPU updates (i915, AMD, panfrost). There are also a number of other driver updates. “
Arguably, Linux 5.6-rc2 is generally pretty good, and if the cycle continues to grow, a steady release around the end of March could go smoothly.