Most thought the Linux 2.6.25-rc8 kernel
would be the last testing release before this new Linux kernel goes gold, but in fact -rc9 was released this afternoon. The Linux 2.6.25-rc9 kernel is quite a small update and consists mostly of Motorola m68k updates, network driver updates, and XFS file-system patches. Linus mentioned in the Linux 2.6.25-rc9 announcement
that he's looking to release Linux 2.6.25 final early next week.