Linus Torvalds: “Linux Kernel 5.0 Will Be Released When We Hit 6 Million Git Objects”


linux-kernel-5-0-release-dateShort 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.

Earlier this month, Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.8 kernel. It’ll be followed by Linux 4.9, which will be the next LTS kernel. Some of you might be wondering about the release date of Linux 5.0 kernel. While Linux creator Linus Torvalds hasn’t set an official date, he has given a hint.

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.

So, half-way between Linux 4.0 and Linux 5.0 means that Git object database has crossed the 5 million mark. So, after one more million Git objects, one should expect the release of Linux 5.0.linux-kernel-5-0-release-date

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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Adarsh Verma

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