Linux 5.8-rc6 Kernel Released - "Things Continue To Look Very Normal"
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 19 July 2020 at 07:14 PM EDT. 4 Comments
While Linus Torvalds has been concerned by the size of Linux 5.8 at times, he just released Linux 5.8-rc6 and so far things are looking good.

Linus noted in today's brief release announcement, "Things continue to look very normal, even if this is a big release. rc6 is pretty much par for the course, and nothing in here stands out size-wise or otherwise. The stats all look normal, with a fairly flat diffstat (so no huge hotspots, no big scary changes). Drivers (all over), architecture updates (arm64, x86), with some filesystem and core kernel changes. Shortlog appended, but I doubt most people will find anything exciting in there. Which is all good. Calm and boring is how I like it."

See our Linux 5.8 feature overview to learn more about this forthcoming kernel. If nothing major creeps up, Linux 5.8 should debut as stable in early August.
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