I read a note of Linus Thorvalds for Linux 3.17 rc6. The note ends with:
Nothing particular stands out, and I'm not aware of any big pending
issues either. So please go out and test, because this *should* all be
pretty close to release.
My newbie question is: how do you test a Linux Kernel? Do you install it next to the kernel you already use and then test it in user space? Or can you test it in other ways?