Happy New Year! Today, January 5, we are happy to report that Linus Torvalds has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the seventh Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux kernel 3.13.
Linux kernel 3.13 RC7 contains mostly networking updates, both core and drivers. Moreover, various drivers have been updated (GPU, PCI, input, etc.) and some architectures have received improvements, including s390, PowerPC, and ARM. There will be one more Release Candidate next week, followed by the final release of Linux kernel 3.13 in mid-January.
"Anyway, things have been nice and quiet, and if I wasn't travelling, this would probably be the last -rc: there isn't really anything holding up a release, even if there are a couple of patches still going through discussions and percolating through maintainers."
"But rather than do a real 3.13 next weekend, I'll be on the road and decidedly *not* opening the merge window, so I'll do an rc8 next week instead, needed or not," said Linus Torvalds in the official release announcement.
Download Linux kernel 3.13 RC7 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.