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).
For some of you who may not have known, Linus Torvalds has been the face and architect behind the worlds most popular open source OS Linux for many years. One question that pondered my mind is “What will happen to Linux when Linus departs the world”? Well Linus himself thinks that Linux would survive just fine without him, and that may come as a welcoming news for Linux lovers. Some comments and reactions from some Linux redditors to the article “The Creator of Linux on the Future Without Him“: Pizzaiolo: “For some reason I think Stallman will be a bigger loss to the free software movement than Torvalds will be for kernel development :(“ Knaekce: “Linus could get run over by a bus.