Linux News Today: Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.3 RC2, Things Are Looking Fairly Calm and Small
As expected, Linus Torvalds released a few minutes ago, September 20, the second Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 4.3 kernel series, due for release later this year.
According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.3 Release Candidate 2 is a fairly normal release which consists of the usual mix of updated driver and architecture fixes with a small amount of updates to the perf tooling. This second RC build of Linux 4.3 also received some cleanup to the IRQ flow-handler, which removed the redundant IRQ number argument.
“We’re on the usual Sunday schedule, and -rc2 is out there,” says Linus Torvalds. “As has been the trend for a while now, rc2 tends to be reasonably small, probably because it takes a while for regression reports to start trickling in (and some people probably actively wait for rc2 to even start testing – you scaredy-cats, you). […] So if somebody didn’t dare update right after the merge window closed, jump right in. We need people to test and report.”
Users are urged to download Linux kernel 4.3 RC2 right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia, whichever suits you best, and start testing. As usual, don’t forget to report bugs. We inform you that this is a pre-release version of Linux kernel 4.3, which means that it is not a final product, and it might contain unresolved issues leading to system crashes. Do not use it in production systems!