Today, it has been announced that Linus Torvalds wants to release the final version of Kernel 4.13 for next September 3. Without a doubt, it is a very early date that you could say is just around the corner.
This we know because he announced it himself after releasing the RC 6 version of this Kernel. The way in which he announced it was the usual one, that is, through the email lists that always come out after this version.
In these lists, Linus was very optimistic, stating that if this continues and nothing happens, the final version will come out on day 3. With this, we would only have the RC 7 version of next week to complete development, achieving the final version on the aforementioned day 3.
It was also said that the RC 6 version of Kernel 4.13 that has been released a couple of days ago It does not bring anything special, that is, it is an update that includes the typical RC patches, such as updates and correction of small errors.
This is good news, as RC versions serve to correct detected errors and "file" the product for its final version. If in version RC 6 there are hardly any bugs, it is very likely that there are no problems and the final kernel will go out on the indicated date.
Kernel 4.13 it will be quite an important version, mainly because some operating systems like Ubuntu 17.10 they will bring this version of the Kernel as the default version. Without a doubt, Linux fans are looking forward to it, as with the other major versions of the Kernel.
For the moment, we are going to have to settle for testing the RC 6 version of Kernel 4.13, which we can go down as always in Kernel.org where it says "mainline". Of course, remember that it is still an unstable version and that in work environments, it is better to use the "stable" version, which is now 4.12.8.