Upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will be driven by Linux Kernel 4.8

The Canonical headquarters of Ubuntu is finally gaining movement on the development of the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

Currently, the Ubuntu 16.10 is powered by the same kernel packages as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). However, it looks like Ubuntu 16.10 has been swapped to a universal local DNS (Domain Name System) resolver service.

However, the other day, the Ubuntu Kernel Team published a new installation of their weekly newsletter updating the community that Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will soon be rebased on the latest stable Linux 4.6 kernels. Then, it will transfer the Release Candidate (RC) builds of Linux kernel 4.7, and consequently, the operating system will finally be switched to Linux kernel 4.8.

“Our Yakkety kernel tree still remains a snapshot of our Xenial kernel. We are however tracking a v4.6 based kernel in our unstable repository and hope to get that uploaded to the archive for preliminary testing soon. We’ll then start rebasing to the early v4.7-rc#’s. Also, as noted in previous newsletters, we are also going to target a v4.8 based kernel for the 16.10 release,” said the Ubuntu kernel developers.

Based on the fact that the latest and most advanced LTS version is Linux kernel 4.4, which is being used in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Linux 4.8 might also be the next LTS (Long Term Support) kernel release, which is however just a guess. Sometime this summer, one can see the development of Linux kernel 4.8, which should be one week after the release of Linux kernel 4.7 on either July 17 or July 24.

Also, after seven or eight RC landmarks, the final release of Linux kernel 4.8 should be available by the end of September, and Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will be officially launched on October 20, 2016.

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