Short Bytes: Linux creator Linus Torvalds has shared the news that we are half-way between Linux 4.0 and 5.0 as the Git object database has crossed the 5 million object mark. Some of you might be knowing that major version transition happens at every two million objects in the database. So, after 1 more million Git objects, we can expect the release of Linux kernel 5.0 in 2017.
In a recent Google+ Plus post, Torvalds noted that after Linux 4.8 kernel, we’re now half-way between Linux 4.0. and 5.0. For those who don’t know, Linux 3.20 turned into Linux 4.0.
If you’re thinking that Torvalds is busy doing some magical calculations for kernel numbers, you’re wrong. He’s actually tracking the number of Git objects in Linux. It should be noted that Linux 3.9 and Linux 4.0 were released around 2 and 4 million Git object marks, respectively.
If we consider the normal cycle of seven Release Candidate builds for the future releases, we can expect the arrival of Linux kernel 5.0 at some point in 2017.
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