Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux kernel 4.8 branch on October 2nd 2016, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. The Linux 4.8 kernel series was one of those special ones that received that eighth Release Candidate.
“This obviously means that the merge window for 4.9 is open, and I appreciate the people who already sent in some pull requests early due to upcoming travel or other reasons. I’ll start pulling things tomorrow, and have even the most eager developers and testers hopefully test the final 4.8 release before the next development kernels start coming.” says Linus Torvalds in his announcement.
Rolling releases like Solus, Arch Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed should be the first stable distros to get the Linux 4.8 kernel packages, which is now tagged as the mainline kernel. Ubuntu 16.10 is launching on October 13 with Linux kernel 4.8.
New release consist of updated drivers, in particular for GPU, networking, and Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM), a bunch of improvements to the ARM, MIPS, SPARC, and x86 hardware architectures, updates to the networking stack, as well as to a few filesystem, and some minor changes to cgroup, vm and Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen support is one that should get a mention.
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