Linus Torvalds has announced to the world that the next Kernel release will be the 3.0:
From Linus Torvalds <>
Date Sun, 29 May 2011 18:30:32 -0700
Subject Linux 3.0-rc1
Yay! Let the bikeshed painting discussions about version numbering begin (or at least re-start).
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 longe rcomfortably count as high as 40
Planned changes, new features, API or whatever ? None of this in the mail Linus writes:
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, we are very much *not* doing a KDE-4 or a
Gnome-3 here. No breakage, no special scary new features, nothing at
all like that. We’ve been doing time-based releases for many years
now, this is in no way about features. If you want an excuse for the
renumbering, you really should look at the time-based one (“20 years”)
We look forward to the new version scheduled for July 2011.