Linux 5.16-rc4 Released - "Nothing Looks All That Scary"
While Linux 5.16-rc3 was lighter due to Thanksgiving activities by US developers, Linux 5.16-rc4 is still trending on the small side. Linus Torvalds noted in today's release announcement, "Fairly small rc4 this week. Three areas stand out in the diff: some kvm fixes (and tests), network driver fixes, and the tegra SoC sound fixes."
Torvalds went on to add in today's 5.16-rc4 announcement, "The rest is fairly spread out: drm fixes, some filesystem stuff, various arch updates, and some smattering of random driver fixes. Nothing looks all that scary, although I certainly hope the kvm side will calm down."
It's mostly the usual bug fixing found in this week's release candidate. Coming a bit notable are some Spectre V1 fixes for some regressions introduced last year in that handling around SWAPGS.
See our Linux 5.16 feature overview to learn more about all the shiny, exciting features coming in this first Linux kernel release of 2022.