Linux 4.5 Kernel Officially Released

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 14 March 2016 at 07:18 AM EDT. 10 Comments
Linus Torvalds went ahead and released Linux 4.5 over the night.

He announced, "So this is later on a Sunday than my usual schedule, because I just couldn't make up my mind whether I should do another rc8 or not, and kept just waffling about it. In the end, I obviously decided not to, but it could have gone either way. We did have one nasty regression that got fixed yesterday, and the networking pull early in the week was larger than I would have wished for. But the block layer should be all good now, and David went through all his networking commits an extra time just to make me feel comfy about it, so in the end I didn't see any point to making the release cycle any longer than usual."

If you aren't already familiar with the new features of Linux 4.5, see our usual feature overview.

Time to now get excited about the Linux 4.6 merge window!
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