Linux Kernel 4.9 == Next LTS Kernel
It has been confirmed that Linux kernel 4.9 release will be the next LTS kernel branch. This Long Term Release is expected to receive fixes and updates for a couple of years. If everything goes as expected, kernel 4.9 will arrive towards the end of November 2016.
Just a few moments ago, renowned Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman had the great pleasure of announcing that the next LTS (Long-Term Support) kernel branch will be Linux 4.9.
The development cycle of a new Linux kernel branch doesn’t take more than a month and a half or a maximum of two months, depending if the respective series will receive seven or eight Release Candidate (RC) milestones, but LTS releases are picked by veteran kernel developers from time to time when older ones reach end of life (EOL).
Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has confirmed that the next LTS kernel branch will be Linux 4.9. To announce this news, Hartman took the route of Google Plus and said, “4.9 == next LTS kernel”.
For those who don’t know, LTS stands for Long Term Support. A software with LTS support has more life than standard support. LTS releases provide stable platforms that remain supported with security updates and fixes for years.
At the moment, the Linux kernel developers are focussing on the next kernel series i.e. Linux kernel 4.8. Kernel 4.8 received its first Release Candidate build on August 7. It’s expected that kernel 4.8 will hit a stable state sometime around September end.
Two weeks after Linux 4.8, Linux kernel 4.9 LTS will enter development. If we expect Linux kernel 4.8 to have a normal release cycle with 7 Release Candidates, it’ll be arriving around September 25. This means, the first Release Candidate of kernel 4.9 should arrive around October 9.
If everything goes as expected, we should be getting our hands on the final release of next Linux kernel LTS release, i.e. kernel 4.9 LTS, around November end 2016.
This release date should also match with the new versions of major Linux distributions like Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak and Fedora 25.
Please note that these dates are not fixed dates. Still, we’ll be looking forward to the Linux kernel 4.9 release. For the time being, we’ve got kernel version 4.7, which has already found a place in mainstream distros like Arch Linux.
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