These weeks are being unusual in terms of information and releases, something that is so because we have spent the holidays of Easter and Easter. Who never rests is Linus Torvalds, something we mentioned when we published the release of v5.1-rc6 of the Linux kernel. At that time we said that the kernel was bigger than usual, but this week we have to say that Linux 5.1-rc7 is a “tiny” update.
This is what Torvalds has published in his weekly press on the Linux kernel, where he tells us that the size of the previous version was normal due to the time of delivery of requests. Just under half of the patches this week are related to network changes, among which we have its core, its drivers and some netfilters auto-filters. Everything is very small, with 30% of all the patches already marked “stable”.
30% of Linux 5.1-rc7 is already stable
Torvalds says that 30% marked as stable makes you have the feeling that we are already in the final version, but still not. The final version will arrive this Sunday, May 5, or that day is the one that is scheduled for release. If they discover a major failure, the launch will be delayed one week until May 12.
Torvalds usually publishes information about the state of the Linux kernel on Sunday and this time has not been different. We have remembered that there should be a new update on Thursday, so if you have not yet published anything about a bug that you have to correct, it seems that the release will occur on the date indicated from the beginning.
Ubuntu and many operating systems updated during the last weeks come with v5.0.x of the Linux kernel. The most updated stable version is v5.0.11 and we can install this version manually or using tools like the one I always mention in this type of posts, Ukuu. If we want to enjoy Linux 5.1 in Disco Dingo or previous versions we will have to do it on our own. Will you do it or would you prefer to use the versions provided by Canonical in an official way?