The final release of the next version of the Linux kernel might be pushed back by a week, following a larger than expected release candidate (RC).
One of the largest RC releases, Linux kernel 5.12-rc7, is just the latest in a series of issues that have plagued the current release cycle.
“I'm still waffling about the final 5.12 release. The fact that we have a big rc7 does make me think that I'll probably do an rc8 this time around,” wrote Linus Torvalds, the release manager of the mainline Linux kernel.
- Here are the best Linux laptops (opens in new tab) for running Linux
- And, these are the best laptops for programming (opens in new tab)
- Also check our collection of the best Linux distros for business (opens in new tab)
Spanner in the works
This isn’t the first time that Torvalds has contemplated extending the development cycle by a week. The thought first crossed his mind as he put out Linux 5.12-rc5 (opens in new tab) a couple of weeks back, which was big enough to make Torvalds think about the extension.
Last week’s rc6 was uncharacteristically small, probably as it was released during the Easter weekend, allaying any fears of delay. However the concerns have resurfaced with the mammoth rc7, which Torvalds shares is the biggest rc7 in the 5.x series.
While it’s never a dull week in kernel development, the 5.12 cycle has been particularly stimulating. Its very start was threatened (opens in new tab) by icy storms that battered most of the United States and left Torvalds without electricity for almost a week. Then there was the filesystem corruption issue (opens in new tab) that brought down several continuous integration systems at Intel.
Linux kernels usually go through seven RCs, pushed out every Sunday by Torvalds after reviewing and pooling in all the submissions sent in by various kernel developers over the preceding week. Due to the number of changes, Torvalds might do an extra rc8 release, like he did during the development of the 5.9 release, to allow for an extra week of testing.
- Subscribe to Linux Format magazine (opens in new tab) for more Linux and open source goodness