OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Soon Switching To Linux 4.6, Clear Linux Already On 4.6

Written by Michael Larabel in Clear Linux on 1 June 2016 at 07:38 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Linux 4.6 was officially released two weeks ago and already this exciting upgrade to the kernel has begun appearing in rolling-release distributions.

OpenSUSE News confirmed today that the Linux 4.6 kernel is expected to land in OpenSuSE Tumbleweed with a new snapshot coming possibly this week. (They are also prepping KDE Applications 16.04.1, Perl 5.24, etc.) OpenSUSE Tumbleweed has already been making progress too in switching over to GCC 6 as the default compiler, but there is still more work to be done.

If you already want a distribution with Linux 4.6 and GCC 6 shipping out-of-the-box, Intel's Clear Linux distribution is already doing so. If you want to see the latest benchmarks there for Clear Linux on various Intel x86 systems, visit

In all of my testing so far, Linux 4.6 continues to be quite reliable and great all around. Very happy with that release and Linux 4.7 is looking good too, albeit the daily mainline Ubuntu Git packages remain broken.
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