Linux 4.14-rc3 Kernel Is Ready For Testing
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 1 October 2017 at 06:14 PM EDT. 8 Comments
Linus Torvalds has continued in his traditional Sunday release cadence of issuing a new kernel update for testing.

Available this evening is Linux 4.14-rc3 as the third weekly test candidate for the feature-packed Linux 4.14. If you are not familiar with the new features of this kernel update, see our Linux 4.14 feature overview. There is a ton of changes and on top of this it's going to be an LTS release, which now means Linux 4.14 will be supported for a six year span.

Linux 4.14 still remains codenamed the "Fearless Coyote", which Linus seems to have been having a falling out doing his quirky codenames with that name not being changed since the 4.10 days. As of writing this article, Linus hasn't issued any release commentary about 4.14-rc3 but it can be fetched via Git or

The official Linux 4.14 stable release will likely be out in four to five weeks. Back to the benchmarking grind.

Update: Torvalds has now posted the 4.14-rc3 message, "So 4.14 continues to be a somewhat painful release, and I'm starting to at least partly blame the fact that it's meant to be an LTS release. The last LTS release we had (4.9) resulted in one of the biggest kernel releases we ever had because everybody wanted in; the 4.14 release doesn't seem to be as large, but it does seem to result in some late work happening because people want to prep for 4.14, knowing it will be LTS."
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