Linux 6.9-rc4 introduces more fixes for Bcachefs in a week without “Nothing particularly unusual”

Linux 6.9-rc4

Linus Torvalds launched Linux 6.9-rc4 a few hours ago. She's done it in a week with "Nothing particularly unusual," or so she says. There have been some mitigations, but after a decade of seeing them almost weekly, the father of Linux sees no reason to label them "unusual." They are small problems, yes, but they are not out of the ordinary, so this has been a week in which things have gone as they should have.

In addition to that, some more patches have also been added for Bcachefs in what we could say has been the continuation of the work started in the rc3. For all the rest, a very normal release candidate of which neither size nor that it is already thinking about that eighth Release Candidate intended for the most problematic developments is mentioned.

Linux 6.9 will arrive in mid-May

«There's nothing particularly unusual this week – some new hw mitigations may stand out, but after a decade of this I can't really call it "unusual" anymore, can I? We also had a few more bcachefs fixes, and an update to the turbostat tool, but other than that it's the regular drip of random stuff everywhere.

Controllers end up being the bulk of the remaining stuff, and we still had some fallout from the big timer updates from this merge window. Nothing else catches my eye, but the foll shortlog is attached as usual – easy enough to just scan through to sort of get a taste of what's been happening«.

Linux 6.9 will arrive in mid-may on a date that may vary between the 12th and 19th. In the unlikely event that a ninth Release Candidate is required, it would continue to arrive in May, but already on the 26th. When the time comes we will publish an article with all the news that will arrive with the new version of the Linux kernel.

Ubuntu users who want to install it when the time comes they will have to do it on their own, either manually or by pulling tools such as Mainline Kernels. As recommendations, we can say that it is easier and safer to use the tool with a graphical interface, but it is undoubtedly best to stay with the kernel offered by the operating system. It is an official one whose patches are applied by Canonical.

Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat will arrive in ten days with Linux 6.8, as long as there are no more delays like last motivated by the backdoor in XN, and six months later Ubuntu 24.10 OAdjective OAnimal will arrive with a kernel that will be between Linux 6.10 and 6.11.

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