The two week-long merge window that opened with the discharge of the Linux 5.four kernel sequence final month ended as we speak with the launch of the primary launch candidate of Linux kernel 5.5, which was introduced by Linus Torvalds himself.

That's proper, Linus Torvalds has formally kicked off the event cycle of the following main Linux kernel sequence, Linux 5.5, which is now out there for public testing from the kernel.org web site. Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 is the primary milestone in lots of to come back and offers the group a primary have a look at the brand new options and modifications.

"We've had a normal merge window, and it's now early Sunday afternoon, and it's getting closed as has been the standard rule for a long while now," stated Linus Torvalds. "Everything looks fairly regular – it's a tiny bit larger (in commit counts) than the few last merge windows have been, but not bigger enough to really raise any eyebrows. And there's nothing particularly odd in there either that I can think of: just a bit over half of the patch is drivers, with the next big area being Arch updates."

Linux kernel 5.5 to launch on the finish of January 2020

We count on the Linux 5.5 kernel sequence to be formally launched to most people on the finish of January or in early February 2020, which normally is determined by what number of Release Candidate (RC) milestones might be launched. Linux kernel 5.5 may also be the primary kernel sequence to be launch in 2020.

Until then, you may obtain Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 proper now from kernel.org or through our free Linux software program portal if you wish to take it for a check drive and report bugs. However, please attempt to remember the fact that it is a pre-release model, so don't exchange your steady kernel with it, nor use it in any manufacturing atmosphere.