Linux Kernel 5.18 rc2 Now Available to Download

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Linux kernel 5.18 was released just a few weeks back and now Linux Kernel 5.18 rc2 is available to download and install. Usually, we see seven to eight release candidates before the release of a major version of the Linux kernel.

Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux announced the rollout of the Linux Kernel 5.18 second release candidate.

The new release candidate incorporates one noteworthy change i.e the fix for AMD GPU driver issues. Furthermore, the /dev/random behaves similar to /dev/urandom on x86_64 architectures.

Meanwhile, Linux Torvalds said

« It’s Sunday afternoon for me, which means “RC release time”. Things look fairly normal here, although it’s early in the release cycle so it’s a bit hard to say for sure. But at least it’s not looking particularly odd, and we have fixes all over.

Drivers are the bulk of it, and there’s a little bit of everything here, although the AMD GPU driver fixes are perhaps the most noticeable. But there’s also networking, SCSI, RDMA, block, you name it…

On the non-driver side, we’ve got a bump in the diffstat for the static call infrastructure, but that’s really just code movement. The actual changes are more spread out than that bump would imply, and are generally pretty small. There are some filesystem fixes, core networking, and obviously the usual architecture work.

And as has been the case lately, there’s the usual tooling updates – selftests and perf.

Full shortlog appended, it’s not exactly tiny, but it’s easy enough to scroll through to get a feel for what’s been going on.

Testing is appreciated as always »

Linux Torvalds Announcement | Email Archive: lkml.org

Lastly, users can test the second release candidate for Linux kernel 5.18 from the download link.

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