The next version of the Linux kernel, version 3.12, has a name: “Suicidal squirrel”.
Linus Torvalds let the new name be known in a Git commit in which he killed off the “Linux for Workgroups” name used for version 3.11.
The Linux Lord has not, however, entirely ruled out returning to Microsoft-themed names for future versions of the kernel, offering the following commentary on future names:
“This reverts the Linux for Workgroups thing. And no, before somebody asks, we're not doing Linux95. Not for a few years, at least.
Sure, the flag added some color to the logo, and could have remained as a testament to my leet gimp skills. But no. And I'll do this early, to avoid the chance of forgetting when I'm doing the actual rc1 release on the road.”
Torvalds has been busy this week. After firing off some sweary and violent rants, he was forced to spend time rebuilding his main workstation after its solid-state drive (SSD) died, as he noted here. Five years ago, Torvalds raved about an 80GB Intel SSD he obtained at a kernel summit - and stuck the slab of flash into his wife's Linux-powered Apple Mac.
(It's unlikely Torvalds was using that particular 2008-era SSD in his workstation, so The Reg will safely assume he's had a problem with a newer model.)
But we digress: version 3.12 of the Linux kernel is expected to add support for Intel's Haswell silicon, improved resilience for the EXT 4 filesystem, better power management for GPUs and much more. ®