Linus Torvalds has announced that the recently released Linux kernel 3.12 Release Candidate 7 might be the last development version before the final build next week.
The development cycles to Linux kernel are usually a little bit longer, but Linus Torvalds has decided that, if nothing out of the ordinary happens in the next few days, we will have a new stable kernel branch soon.
“The KS week is over, and thus the seventh - and likely the last – rc for 3.12 is out, and I'm back on the normal Sunday schedule. But who knows. If something particularly worrisome comes up during the upcoming week, I might just say ‘Ok, we'll do an rc8 instead.’ So I'm keeping my options open,” he said.
Linux kernel 3.12 integrates support for a lot of new hardware, including for CPU and GPU chipsets. It will be a while before this new branch is integrated in new distros, but it is bound to happen.
If you want to test it yourself, you can always download Linux kernel 3.12 Release Candidate 7 from Softpedia.