Linus Torvalds has given the Linux kernel development community a bit of a touch-up, after finding some contributions to Linux 4.18 complicated the kernel development process.
In his post announcing release candidate 2 of Linux kernel 4.18, Torvalds mentioned “some noticeable filesystem updates, particularly to cifs.”
“I'm going to point those out, because some of them probably shouldn't have been in rc2.
They were ‘fixes’ not in the ‘regressions’ sense, but in the ‘missing features’ sense.”
Torvalds’ beef is that people have been adding new stuff to the kernel in release candidates and calling it a fix.
“So please, people, the ‘fixes’ during the rc series really should be things that are _regressions_.