Linux 5.9 rc7: there will be an additional rc before the final release

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Linus B. Torvalds has been in charge of announcing this new version of the Linux kernel, as usual. It has done so through LKML, that is, the mailing lists used for the development of this impressive project. What you have announced is the version Linux 5.9-rc7, that is, the seventh version candidate to be final (release candidate). But from what he has said, it will not be the last, since an rc8 will come to finish polishing this version before launching it as stable.

If you are interested try now This Linux 5.9 kernel, although it is not yet recommended for production environments because it could generate some problems and instability, you can do it now by downloading it from the web That said, we are going to see some changes introduced in this version and other interesting details that you should know ...

Based on what Linus has commented, the Linux kernel seems to have fixed all the problems there were in rc6 related to VMs, but others have appeared that need to be fixed such as the problems related to slab corruption that have been detected in this other rc7 version, in addition to another silly page lock error.

It seems that the solution to these problems is already ready, but it was a little late. So it is likely that there is another rc, the rc8, to make sure everything is bug-free and really stable before moving on to the final version. That is to say, next Sunday instead of the Linux 5.9 Final version, what there will be is a Linux 5.9-rc8.

As to development, have been very focused on solving these problems, as well as some changes in drivers and the network stack, in addition to a small amount of improvements in documentation and fixes in the file systems, among others. I mean, the usual ...

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