I think Linus expressed it pretty well in his commit message:
Author: Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>
Date: Tue Oct 23 20:50:57 2007 -0700
The patch is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely
mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it's a long way down the
road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to how big the patch from
But it's all good.
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To put it into numbers, the diffstat summary is:
8618 files changed, 535222 insertions(+), 256483 deletions(-)
9473 files changed, 734462 insertions(+), 451280 deletions(-)
where the first one is accounting for renames, the second not.
The raw kernel patch is 1565010 lines or 47317945 bytes ...
There is still lots left to fix. The time code turned into a larger
battlefield than my worst expectations.
So time to check how your favorite platform is doing and fix what broke!