The first candidate version of the Linux Kernel 5.5 cycle, Linux Kernel 5.5-rc1, was released recently. The Linux Kernel 5.5-rc2 is also currently available. Rc2 Kernel is understood to have introduced a number of fixes since Linux 5.5-rc1, which will also be released later this week.
“Things look normal – rc2 is as calm as ever, and this week is the same,” Linus said in a short 5.5-rc2 announcement. And all the statistics seem normal – most of them are drivers (gpu, rdma, networking, scsi, usb, but there’s noise elsewhere), and the rest is random stuff – io_uring, file system (ceph, overlayfs), core networks, arch updates, header files, etc. …”
It’s worth noting that the Linux 5.5 kernel family is scheduled to be released to the public by the end of January 2020 or early February 2020. Linux Kernel 5.5 will also be the first Kernel series to be released in 2020. This release includes support for Raspberry Pi 4 / BCM2711, support for reporting NVMe drive temperatures, new Logitech keyboard drives, and more.