Things seem to have improved a lot. last week and this week the trend has continuedbut sometimes it's not enough. Sometimes, just because something isn't busy doesn't mean everything is going well; it may be that there has not been enough movement. During the development of the next kernel version we have gone through a vacation period, and although Linux 6.2-rc7 It doesn't look bad, it seems that it won't be the last Release Candidate before the release of the stable version.
Linus Torvalds says that Linux 6.2-rc7 is pretty small and controlled, but you've commented so many times that you'd throw a XNUMXth RC for the holidays that's what he will do. In addition to the lack of work done, there are also a couple of regressions that need to be fixed, so things seem clear.
Linux 6.2 is coming February 19
So the 6.2 rc releases are still pretty small and controlled, to the point where I would normally just say this is the last rc. But since I have said several times that I will make an rc8 due to the release of the version on vacation, that's what I will do. And we have some pending regressions that Thorsten is following, so it's better that way.
There's nothing here that's that scary, and we've just got little fixes all over the tree, in all the usual places. I think the biggest patch is a race fix for zsmalloc, which I guess is pretty unusual, but I think it's more indicative of everything else being pretty small.
We've got driver fixes (gpu, networking, sound, but a handful of other things too), some kernel mm stuff (which zsmalloc is a dominant one), various selftest updates, and just other random stuff. The shortlog below gives the details.
If there are no last-minute surprises, Linux 6.2 will arrive on 19 February, one week after the eighth CR. It will be the version used by Ubuntu 23.04, so users of the official flavors of Ubuntu will not be affected by the extra week.
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Why versions 20.04 and later would not have this kernel? Because how far can I install kernel versions in my ubuntu