Linux creator Linus Torvalds has kicked off the development of the next major kernel branch, Linux 4.16, with the first release candidate build, giving users a first look at the new changes.
It’s been two weeks since the release of the Linux 4.15 kernel series, the first to come with the complete set of patches against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that affect billions of devices, but only for x86 and PowerPC (PPC) architectures, which means that the merge window for Linux kernel 4.16 is now closed.
Therefore, the development cycle of the Linux 4.16 kernel kicks off with the first release candidate, which is now available for public testing, and it looks like it will be a quiet one as there aren’t any major patches pending or anything out of the ordinary, but not a major release either, according to Linus Torvalds.
“I don’t want to jinx anything, but things certainly look a lot better than with [Linux] 4.15. We have no (known) nasty surprises p… (read more)