June 27, 2016

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 RC5, Things Are Calming Down

Another Sunday, another Release Candidate build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel is out for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds himself a few hours ago, June 26, 2016.

According to Linus Torvalds, things appear to have calmed down lately, and Linux kernel 4.7 Release Candidate 5 is a fairly normal milestone that consists of approximately 50% updated drivers, in particular GPU updates, but also various improvements to some hardware architectures, including PowerPC (PPC), x86, and ARM64 (AArch64).

Of course, there are also the usual patches to fix various issues for some of the supported filesystems, as well as for things like scheduler, mm, a few sound drivers, general-purpose input/output (GPIO), Xen, hwmon, as well as RDMA (remote direct memory access).

"I think things are calming down, although, with almost two-thirds of the commits coming in since Friday morning, it doesn't feel that way...

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