November 14, 2016

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.9 RC5, Things Look Fairly Normal Now

Today, November 13, 2016, Linus Torvalds announced the release and general availability of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming and highly anticipated Linux 4.9 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.9 could be the next LTS (Long Term Support) branch, and it promises to be the greatest kernel release ever, bringing support for some older AMD Radeon GPUs in the AMDGPU driver, and lots of other improvements. Right now, earlier adopters can get their hands on Linux kernel 4.9 RC5, which looks like it's a much smaller than RC4.

"Things have definitely gotten smaller, so a normal release schedule (with rc7 being the last one) is still looking possible despite the large size of 4.9," said Linus Torvalds in today's announcement. "But let's see how things work out over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, there's a lot of normal fixes in here, and we just need more testing..."

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