Linus Torvalds Announces New Linux Kernel 5.6 Release Candidate

Linus Torvalds has just announced a new Linux kernel 5.6 release candidate at a time when the world is in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Torvalds explains that Linux kernel version 5.6-rc7 is actually “pretty small,” adding that this is also likely the effect of the COVID-19 which is keeping everyone at home focusing on other stuff.

“Nothing really stands out, it’s all pretty small. I’m going to be optimistic, and say that it’s because we’re nicely on track for a normal calm release, but obviously it may be partly because everybody is distracted by virus worries. But I haven’t seen anything that looks hugely worrisome on the kernel side,” Torvalds explains.

Indeed, the new coronavirus outbreak keeps everyone at home these days, especially as the infection expands to make more victims across the entire world.

At the time of writing, there are over 225,000 currently-infected patien… (read more)

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