Linux Kernel 6.0 rc2 is Now Available to Download

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The developer of the Linux Kernel, Linus Torvalds has launched the second release candidate of Linux Kernel 6.0 as per the regular schedule.

In the meantime, Linux Kernel 5.18 has reached EOL (end-of-life) which means no more maintenance updates for the said version.

The newest Linux Kernel release candidate update majorly focuses on fixes for the new version and new features that are will be rolled out in the final version. Linux Kernel 6.0 rc2 update focuses on fixing NTFS3 support, at present under a refactoring process.

Developer of Linux Kernel, Linus Torvalds said,

It’s Sunday afternoon (ok, early evening, just randomly doing this a bit later than usual), and there’s a new RC out.

Nothing particularly interesting here, rc2 tends to be fairly calm with people taking a breather and not yet having found a lot of bugs.

The most noticeable fix here is likely the VirtIO reverts that fixed the problem people had with running tests on the google cloud VMs, which was the “pending issue” that we had noticed just as the merge window was closing. And it’s noticeable – and notable – mainly because that problem then kept people from running some of the automated tests and thus finding other issues.

But obviously, there are a lot of other things in here too, as per the appended shortlog. The diffs are somewhat dominated by the AMD GPU fixes – they missed the “DRM fixes” pull during the merge window, so there were a bunch of fixes pending on that side. But there are some network driver fixes, some filesystem fixes (btrfs and a late ntfs3 half-fixes-half-updates pull), and the usual set of architecture fixes and other core code (mainly networking).

And some tooling fixes – a mix of selftests and perf.

Go forth and test.

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