Linus Torvalds has just marked Linux 5.6-rc1 as the first test kernel for upcoming Linux 5.6. This will be a big, crowded update that is scheduled to be released steadily in late March or early April. Linux 5.6 covers everything from WireGuard to USB4, from a lot of new hardware support to the new Zonefs file system to security enhancements, and many aspects of the two.
“Actually, it’s a smaller consolidation window than usual, but I think what’s happening is just that the holidays are affecting new developments,” Linus Torvalds said in an announcement. It had less impact on the 5.5 rc series than I expected, but seemed to result in less development than normal.”
But he also said, “Although ‘a little less’ – we still have more than 10,000 submissions (or 11.5k if combined). Therefore, it is not very small, but still too large to publish a full log or something like that. “
“These statistics look pretty normal, except that they’re a little smaller than usual,” he said. About two-thirds of the patches are drivers (and it’s over, but gpu and network still dominate as usual), and the rest is a regular combination of arch updates, documentation, file system updates, networks, tools, and other core core updates. “