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Linux 3.13-rc8 Kernel Is Out, Final Release Almost Here

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Published on 12 January 2014 06:24 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The Linux.Conf.Au 2014 conference has ended and Linus Torvalds now went ahead to release the Linux 3.13-rc8 kernel. This release isn't very exciting but is being intentionally dragged out.

Linus sought to drag out the Linux 3.13 kernel development cycle so the final release wouldn't collide with LCA 2014 nor the opening of the merge window during his travelling time. Linux 3.13 should come in about the middle of the month, or another week.

No official release announcement for 3.13-rc8 has yet to come from Torvalds on the mailing list or Google+ but the Git tag can be found. In continually tracking the Linux kernel Git activity, I can tell you though that 3.13-rc8 isn't too exciting. There were less than 100 Git commits since -rc7 and it appears to be mostly mundane bug-fixes, etc.

In terms of the major features being introduced in the Linux 3.13 kernel, see last week's article The Linux 3.13 Kernel Has Many Improvements.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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