Linux 4.9 Is Going To Be The “Biggest Ever” Linux Release


linux-4-9-kernel-releaseShort Bytes: The next Linux kernel release, i.e., Linux 4.9, could be the biggest ever Linux release in terms of the commits. Linus Torvalds shared this news in the release announcement of Linux 4.9-rc2. He also hinted at the possibility of turning 4.9 into an LTS release. The final build of the kernel is expected to arrive in December.

Earlier this month, Linux boss Linus Torvalds unleashed Linux kernel 4.8 after a series of eight Release Candidates. This release opened the merge window for Linux kernel 4.9. Last week, in a Google+ post, he also talked about the tentative release date of Linux 5.0.

A couple of days ago, on his usual Sunday afternoon release schedule, Torvalds released Linux 4.9-rc2. Torvalds said that Linux 4.9 is shaping up to be a big release. “I haven’t done the actual stats yet, but I think it’s the biggest in number of commits we’ve ever had,” Torvalds added.

He fiddled with the possibility of making Linux 4.9 an LTS release. He has also urged the people to take part in the testing process to make the whole process smoother.

Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming in Linux kernel 4.9:

  • Better AMDGPU support
  • Fixes to Intel DRM
  • Better Raspberry Pi support
  • Xen and KVM changes
  • Support for vmapped kernel stacks
  • Support for 29 more ARM machines
  • Intel Integrated Sensor Hub support
  • Kthread improvements
  • P-State change for better Intel Atom performance
  • Memory protection keys support

….and tons of other fixes and improvements.

We can expect Linux 4.9 kernel to officially land in December. Till then, you can grab the RC builds from and keep testing the kernel.

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Adarsh Verma

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