Linux 4.6-rc2 Kernel Released

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 3 April 2016 at 10:34 AM EDT. 38 Comments
Linus Torvalds has issued the second weekly release candidate for the Linux 4.6 kernel.

With being a week past the close of the merge window, Linux 4.6-rc2 is made up of many regression fixes. If you aren't familiar with all of the new features of Linux 4.6, see our Linux 4.6 feature overview. We continue to run daily Linux kernel Git benchmarks at to complement all of the other specific Linux kernel benchmarks carried out here at Phoronix.

Torvalds' Linux 4.6-rc2 message was short and to the point:
You all know the drill by now - another week, another rc. I'd say that things look fairly normal at this point: it's not a big rc2, but that's been true lately (rc3 tends to be a bit bigger - probably just because it takes time for people to start noticing issues).

The patch statistics look fairly normal too: about half is drivers, almost a quarter is architecture fixups, and the rest is mostly networking and some documentation updates, but there's some core kernel/mm/fs fixes in there too.

The shortlog is appended and gives a good flavor of the kinds of changes we have.

Go out and test, nothing looks all that scary there.

The Linux kernel codename hasn't changed in quite a while now and remains with being "Blurry Fish Butt" for 4.6-rc2.
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