Linux 6.8-rc6 arrived and "may end up being one of those releases that receive an rc8"

Linux 6.8-rc6

Last week with the rc5, Linus Torvalds I expected for things to calm down a little Linux 6.8-rc6. In the end he passed, but despite this there are still things that do not leave him calm. For this reason, and although there would still be two weeks left for the release of the stable version, this 6.8 may end up being one of those releases that receive an rc8. In other words, they do not arrive in good shape on time and require an extra week of work.

It doesn't say with complete clarity. The excess It has to do with the delivery of requests which they have to collect, shape and add to the kernel. The total size of the extra is not much, and hence the father of Linux does not ensure it. But he's been doing this for more than 30 years so we can doubt his predictions, so we already have it.

Linux 6.8 would arrive on March 17

«Last week I said I hoped things would calm down a bit. Technically things calmed down a bit, and rc6 is smaller than rc5 was. But not to a large extent, and honestly, while there's nothing really alarming, there's more than I'd like at this point in the release.

So this may end up being one of those builds that gets an rc8. We'll see. The fact that we have a little more commits than I'd really like may not be a big deal when a noticeable portion of those commits end up being about self-tests, etc.

So right now I'm still undecided. Most of the stuff here is actually just fairly trivial driver updates (and self-testing ones), but we have regressions being tracked still, so...«.

Based on the new calendar, Linux 6.8 is expected to arrive on Winners will be announced in March, on the 10th if things were sorted out in the next two weeks and I released the usual 7 Release Candidates. There is more than a month of margin regarding the release of Ubuntu 24.04, so it is certain that it will be the kernel that Noble Numbat will use. It was something that Canonical had already confirmed, so there was little doubt and only a total disaster would have resulted in anything else.

Ubuntu users who want to install it when the time comes you better wait until the release of Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat which will take place this April. It will be a wait of just over a month. If someone prefers to ignore our recommendations, they can always install it on their own or through tools like Mainline Kernels, which allows you to download and install "mainline" versions of the kernel, which are those developed by Torvalds and his team of maintainers directly.

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