Paul Mackerras merged an updated version of
gitk into his master branch. Gitk is a git repository browser. New features include improve searching, "thus you can now search for commits that modify certain files or directories, or commits that add/remove a given string, as well as searching for commits by commit message, author, committer or headline." Paul also noted two performance improvements, "gitk now uses a new graph layout algorithm, which means it doesn't have to generate the whole layout from top to bottom at startup time, making startup faster," and, "gitk caches the topology information used for the previous/next tag and branch information, making startup faster."
Linus Torvalds noted some display annoyances, but responded favorably to the performance improvements, "*huge* improvements. It is now really nice to start up gitk even on the full kernel history." He made some suggestions for additional improvements, then added, "but this has both the layout performance improvements and the fixes to only show selected files in the diff view by default, so I hope this gets merged into standard git soon.."