Linus Torvalds has just announced the first release candidate (rc1) in the Linux 5.8 kernel series, and interested friends can move to the Kernel.org download experience. The Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML.org) official website says the update is a heavy workload, involving 14,000 file modifications, 14,000 non-consolidated commits, and approximately 800,000 new lines of code.
In a way, Linux Kernel 5.8 is reminiscent of the same 4.9 kernel family. But even if 5.8-rc1 is less committed than 4.9-rc1, it becomes more comprehensive in many ways.
The 4.9 kernel series is dominated by the merger of greybus subsystems, the extension of the 4.8 kernel family, and more pent-up development needs.
We didn’t have that many problems in the 5.8 kernel family, but there was still a lot of development, such as some driver-related changes.
Torvalds added: “In the 5.8 merge window, we modified approximately 20% of the files in the kernel source repository. Although some of them are scripted, they are generally the same pattern.”
After the release of Linux Kernel 5.8-rc1, the development team will also bring more beta versions, and interested friends will be able to keep an eye on subsequent announcements.