The Community Really Wants To See Linux 4.0
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 16 February 2015 at 09:42 AM EST. 23 Comments
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Linus Torvalds has yet to reveal whether Linux 3.20 will be re-branded as Linux 4.0, but it seems the community at least really wants this version bump to happen.

Last week on Linus Torvalds' Google+ page he polled the community over Linux 3.20 vs. 4.0. Torvalds has yet to say what version he's going with for this next kernel -- it will probably be revealed next weekend when he's closing the merge window and bumping for -rc1 -- but it seems overwhelmingly that people want this Linux 3.20 to 4.0 jump.

As of writing there's been 22,473 votes casted and 56% of them are voting for v4.0 while 44% just prefer seeing bigger (3.x) version numbers.

Torvalds' main reason for wanting to bump the version number comes down to the numbers getting high, but this next kernel does have many exciting features, including live kernel patching support, new hardware support, etc.
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