Now that we’ve all started or are going to start enjoying Linux Kernel 4.5, the more daring will be able to start trying Linux Kernel 4.6. Linus Torvalds announced it last night (in Spain) and is now available to download and try the first version release Candidate (RC). The release came a day earlier than expected and did so for two reasons: because Linus Torvalds has to make some trips and because Linux Kernel 4.6 will be a major release.
This new version of the linux kernel will include several interesting improvements, but it is not expected to reach Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) nor any of its official flavors or operating system based on the system that Canonical develops. On the other hand, we do not recommend its installation unless you are a developer, as it is almost certain that problems will appear, such as hardware that stops working.
«Overall, despite the size of the mail merge window, this has gone smoothly for the most part. There were relatively few conflicts and the ARM tree that most of them have normally had was actually one of the simplest experiences ever. good job«, Linus Torvalds.
What’s new in Linux Kernel 4.6 RC1
- New file system called OrangeFS
- Various driver updates, especially for things like networking, staged drivers, USB, Sound, DRM, media and RDMA.
- Architecture updates, especially for ARM and ARM64, but also for X86, PowerPC (PPC), s390, Xtensa and m68k.
- The F2FS, CEPH, XFS, EXT4, OCFS2, VFS and Btrfs file systems have been reviewed.
- Stack networks have been improved.
If you want to try Linux Kernel 4.6 despite our warnings, you can download yours source code from the page kernel.org. If you decide to download and use it, feel free to leave your experience in the comments.