Linux 4.7-RC7 Is Now Available For Public Testing
Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of the seventh Release Candidate (RC) of the forthcoming Linux 4.7 kernel branch.
Except for a couple of regressions, things look to have calmed down for Linux 4.7. According to Linus Torvalds, this could just be the last RC for Linux kernel 4.7, which means that the final release will be announced on July 24, 2016.
“We’ve had a nicely calm week, which is what I expected – the last RC really was bigger just due to random timing issues, and not some worrying pattern about this release cycle,” said Linus Torvalds in today’s announcement. “Anyway, there’s a couple of regressions still being looked at, but unless anything odd happens, this is going to be the last RC. However, due to my travel schedule, I won’t be doing the final 4.7 next weekend.”
The seventh and most likely the last RC build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel series after last week’s very big Linux 4.7 RC6 milestone will be adding the usual drivers for things like sound, networking, gpio, etc., core kernel improvements, hardware architecture fixes, small networking stack changes, and minor improvements to the eCryptfs enterprise cryptographic file system.
Having said that, you can now download the Linux kernel 4.7 RC7 source archive directly from kernel.org, compile and install it for your architecture, and take it for a test drive. However, please note that since this is a pre-release version, it should not be used to replace the stable kernel in your GNU/Linux operating system.