Linux 5.5-rc7 now available and the final version could arrive in seven days

Linux 5.5-rc7

Last week, the main developer of the Linux kernel He launched a new Release Candidate and said this was one of those times an rc8 might be needed. Yesterday, Linus Torvalds He launched Linux 5.5-rc7 and suggests otherwise. Or to be true to the truth, as always, Torvalds is very calm about what he is doing and has yet to decide whether or not there will be an eighth Release Candidate of Linux kernel v5.5.

Torvalds says that most of the changes have come in in the last few days, which could be normal (he says many ship on Friday) or simply because we just got through the Christmas holidays. If there is no shock, the final version of Linux 5.5 will arrive next Sunday January 26. Otherwise, it will be the eighth RC and the final version will arrive already on February 2.

Linux 5.5 will arrive on January 26 or February 2

Whether that's the usual "send work weeks to Linus on Friday," or a sign that things are generally picking up after the holidays, I don't know. If it's the former, I'll probably release the latest 5.5 next week. But if it looks like there are backlog fixes pending next week I'll do another rc.

Among the changes, the usual: more or less half are related to drivers and the rest are from a mix of architectures, networks, file systems ... El diffstat looks pretty nice and flat, with a un couple of exceptions that seem harmless. Torvalds invites us to test the new Release Candidate and hopes nothing to worry about appears. If everything goes as expected, next Sunday there will be a stable version.

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