Linux 6.2-rc5 arrives a day earlier than expected, and could require an eighth candidate

Linux 6.2-rc5

All Linus Torvalds releases usually arrive on a Sunday, both Release Candidates and stable versions. Then their maintainers can release maintenance updates at any time, but it's not often that the creator of the core that we readers and editors of a blog like this use has announced something on a Saturday. Less than 24 hours ago, and not on a Sunday, the Finnish developer He launched Linux 6.2-rc5And not everything looks good.

Ago seven six days everything seemed it was back to normal, but now it's evaluating the possibility of launching an eighth release candidate for Linux 6.2. The reason is that everything has grown in size, probably because of the work that had not been done on time in the weeks of winter vacation.

Linux 6.2 would arrive on February 19

Ok so I thought we were back to normal after winter break in rc4. Now, a week later, I think I was wrong - we've got rc5 pretty hefty, so I suspect there was still pent up testing and fixes from people being outside.

Anyway, I'm hoping to do an rc8 on this build, just because we did indeed have a week or two down on the first rc's, so a sizeable rc5 doesn't really concern me. However, I hope we are done with the growth of release candidates.

Anyway, there's a bit of everything in rc5: various driver updates (gpu, rdma, networking, tty, usb...), some architecture updates (especially loongarch and arm64), some filesystem updates, some core networks, and tools.

According to Torvalds' statement, things would have to improve a lot so that the eighth RC was not launched. If your forecasts are met, v6.2 of the kernel will arrive as a stable version on 19 February. It will be the version that Ubuntu 23.04 will use.

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