Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 4.14, the Next LTS Release

Posted by hanuca on Sep 18, 2017 6:48 PM EDT
Softpedia; By Marius Nestor
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A day early than expected, Linux creator Linus Torvalds cautiously kicked off the development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series, which looks to be the next LTS (Long Term Support) branch, with the first Release Candidate (RC) milestone.

That's right, two weeks after the release of Linux kernel 4.13, which is currently the most stable and advanced kernel series, being adopted by more and more GNU/Linux distributions each day, the first RC development snapshot of Linux kernel 4.14 is ready for public testing, officially closing the merge window. And it looks like some core new functionality will be implemented in this release.

Of course, Linux kernel 4.14 LTS promises to bring a lot of updated drivers for various devices, architecture updates, new documentation, as well as a bunch of improvements to supported filesystems, core networking, tooling, and more. If everything goes well this cycle, we're looking at the final release of Linux kernel 4.14 LTS to ship early November, either of the 5th (if it gets the regular seven RCs) or on the 12th (if it gets eight RCs).

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