I am not a kernel expert, but recently my impression is that this is getting more chaotic lastly. There is a RC9 out there now and in the Release Candidates new drivers got introduced – and not only bugs were fixed. my view on RCs is taht hey should never introduce new features but they are in fact “ready for release”. So I havent followed Linux kernel development closely in the past but what I read now doesnt feel like it can be trusted. It makes me think that a new kernel will have features that are no thoroughly tested just to bring “all new exiciting stuff” in. And what if that crashes my system?