Linux 4.9-rc7 Kernel Released: Final In 1~2 Weeks
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 27 November 2016 at 04:56 PM EST. 27 Comments
The Linux 4.9-rc7 test kernel is now available although it's yet undecided whether there will be an RC8 before declaring it gold.

Linus wrote a few minutes ago on the LKML, "I think we got all the silly problems I was aware of fixed, and on the whole things are looking pretty good. In fact, if next week ends up being very quiet, this _might_ be the last rc, although honestly I strongly suspect I'll end up doing an rc8. It's been a big release, and rc7 could have been quieter. We'll see. I basically reserve the right to make up my mind next weekend."

Found in Linux 4.9-rc7 are mostly driver, architecture, and networking bug/regression fixes. Changes for Linux 4.9 are covered at length via our kernel feature overview.
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