Kernel 6.1 Release Candidate!Maybe the next LTS release

The first Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the future Linux 6.1 kernel series is now generally available for public testing, according to Linus Torvalds, who also announced today’s announcement.

kernel 6.1 rc1 released
kernel 6.1 rc1 released

It’s time to have a sneak peek at the upcoming major release, Linux kernel 6.1, after the two-week merging window that began with the October 2nd release of Linux kernel 6.0 has officially ended.

Testers, early adopters, and cutting-edge users who want to get a sneak preview of what will be in the final version, which is anticipated in early or mid-December 2022, can now download the first Release Candidate (RC) of the Linux kernel 6.1.

The integration of the Rust infrastructure code is Linux 6.1’s most significant new feature. While some Rust developers may find this to be very interesting, it is currently merely a very primitive implementation of support for the Rust programming language and cannot be put to use in real-world use cases.

The multi-gen LRU VM series is a significant additional factor. The final release of the Linux kernel 6.1, which is expected to be a substantial release and may receive eight Release Candidates, will likely be delayed until the middle of December, according to Linus Torvalds.

This isn’t actually shaping up to be a particularly large release: we “only” have 11.5k non-merge commits during this merge window, compared to 13.5k last time around. So not exactly tiny, but smaller than the last few releases. At least in number of commits,

 Linus Torvalds

As previously stated, the Linux kernel 6.1 final release is anticipated to be released in December, either on December 4 or December 11, depending on how many Release Candidate (RC) milestones are disclosed up until then.

Greg Kroah-Hartman, a well-known kernel developer, also suggested that since this will be the last significant Linux kernel release of the year, it should also be the following LTS (Long-Term Support) series.

Without further ado, you may download the first Release Candidate (RC1) milestone of the Linux kernel 6.1 from the website right now. However, bear in mind that this is a pre-release version, so please do not install or use it on a machine that is used for production!~~~~

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