Linux Kernel 4.4 RC1 released

Linus Torvalds recently announced the first release candidate for Linux 4.4 (Linux Kernel 4.4 RC1). According to Torvalds “Just looking at the patch itself, things look fairly normal at a high level, possibly a bit more driver-heavy than usual with about 75% of the patch being drivers, and 10% being architecture updates. The remaining 15% is documentation, filesystem, core networking (as opposed to network drivers), tooling and some core infrastructure.


The driver changes are all over, although staging, networking and GPU drivers stand out (and those three areas account for over half of the driver changes – roughly 40% of the whole patch).

On the architecture side, ARM (when counting both 32-bit and 64-bit) accounts for about half the changes, with x86, powerpc, mips, chris and s390 accounting for the other half.

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