Linux 6.9-rc5 arrives "a little crooked" but within normal limits

Linux 6.9-rc5

«Another week, another -rc». So announces Linus Torvalds launching Linux 6.9-rc5, a fifth Release Candidate that has arrived "a little crooked", but also quite normal. Like in previous RCs, the problem is still related to bcachefs, corrections that must be made and that cause more noise than expected, or at least than desired. Even so, the father of Linux has not mentioned this week that he is thinking about launching that rc8 intended for problematic developments.

If you ignore the bcachefs related oddities, things seem normal and calm. Without counting on them and the header updates, most of the changes have been left to the drivers, architecture updates, and file systems. Come on, the usual.

Linux 6.9 will arrive on May 12

«Another week, another -rc. Things seem pretty normal, although the diffstat for rc5 seems a bit wonky due to another spate of bcachefs fixes, and a synchronization of the perf tools header with the core kernel headers.

But if you ignore those oddities, everything seems pretty normal and things seem pretty calm. Which is fine, since the first part of the week I was on a quick trip to Seattle, and the second part of the week I've been doing a passable imitation of the Trevi Fountain, except my medium is booger. Too much snot«.

Linux 6.9 will arrive on may 12 if there is no eighth Release Candiate and the 19th if in the end you decide to release it to redirect the situation. There has been a case in which a ninth Release Candidate has been released, for example, there was Linux 4.15-rc9 in 2018, but it is a rarity, and at that time it was released due to Meltdown and Specter, two vulnerabilities that had to be feared oh really. If it were necessary, Linux 6.9 would continue to arrive in May, but it would do so on the 26th.

Ubuntu users who want to install it when the time comes will have to do it manually or using tools like Mainline Kernels. It's been a while since Ubunlog We recommend not doing this, as it is better to stay with the kernel offered by the operating system. It is a Mainline one, with the main difference that it is Canonical who delivers the patches when it deems necessary. Ubuntu 24.04 will arrive this Thursday with Linux 6.8, and in October Ubuntu 24.10 will arrive with a kernel that will be between Linux 6.10 and 6.11.

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