Linux Kernel 5.6-rc5, the fifth weekly candidate version of Linux 5.6, is now available. “Everything looks pretty good,” Linus Torvalds commented in the announcement. I say “mostly” because the rc5 is not particularly worrying, but it’s bigger than I want.
In fact, it’s not only larger than rc4, but also larger than this stage in our history. That’s never a good sign, but who knows, it may be just a matter of time. Previous rcs were smaller than usual and could just be a patch for pent-up. Unless this trend continues next week, I won’t really worry…
“Everything looks normal except size. About 60% of drivers (GPU, dmaengine, phy, sound, rdma, backlight: ), the remaining drivers include schema updates, documentation, performance tools, and ‘misc core code’ (filesystems, kernel, kernel). “
The Linux 5.6 Stable edition is likely to be released within the next three to four weeks, followed by the beginning of the Linux 5.7 cycle.