August 22, 2016

Linus Torvalds Announces a Fairly Small Third Linux Kernel 4.8 Release Candidate

Yes, it's Sunday, and yes, Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) development milestone towards the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series. According to Linus Torvalds, the third Release Candidate build of Linux kernel 4.8 consists of approximately 60% updated drivers for things like USB, GPU, networking, and EDAC, core networking improvements, various improvements to the XFS file systems, minor arch updates, and other small documentation and scheduler fixes.

"After last weeks somewhat unusual patch statistics (only 1/6th drivers), we're not back to the normal programming with rc3, and we have the usual situation with roughly ~60% of the patch being driver updates. It's spread out, but most of it tends to be networking, GPU, USB and a new EDAC driver," says Linus Torvalds in today's announcement. "But all of it is fairly small."

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