Linux 4.9 Is Going To Be The “Biggest Ever” Linux Release
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Earlier this month, Linux boss Linus Torvalds unleashed Linux kernel 4.8 after a series of eight Release Candidates. This release opened the merge window for Linux kernel 4.9. Last week, in a Google+ post, he also talked about the tentative release date of Linux 5.0.
A couple of days ago, on his usual Sunday afternoon release schedule, Torvalds released Linux 4.9-rc2. Torvalds said that Linux 4.9 is shaping up to be a big release. “I haven’t done the actual stats yet, but I think it’s the biggest in number of commits we’ve ever had,” Torvalds added.
He fiddled with the possibility of making Linux 4.9 an LTS release. He has also urged the people to take part in the testing process to make the whole process smoother.
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Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming in Linux kernel 4.9:
- Better AMDGPU support
- Fixes to Intel DRM
- Better Raspberry Pi support
- Xen and KVM changes
- Support for vmapped kernel stacks
- Support for 29 more ARM machines
- Intel Integrated Sensor Hub support
- Kthread improvements
- P-State change for better Intel Atom performance
- Memory protection keys support
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We can expect Linux 4.9 kernel to officially land in December. Till then, you can grab the RC builds from kernel.org and keep testing the kernel.