Linux Kernel 3.9 RC5 Released, Linus Torvalds Says Final Version Due in a Few Weeks

The newest 3.9 branch has received the fifth Release Candidate

Linus Torvalds has announced the immediate availability of the fifth release candidate in the 3.9 branch of the Linux kernel.

It seems that not even Easter could stop Linus Torvalds from launching yet another release candidate. The development for the latest version of the Linux kernel must go on.

“I'm like the US postal office – ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night’ will keep me from doing weekly -rc releases. A little holiday like Easter? Bah, humbug.

It might delay the release email a few hours because a man gotta stuff himself with odd seasonal desserts (and the Finnish Easter desserts are odder than most), but it won't stop the inevitable progress towards a final 3.9 release,” said Linus Torvalds in the announcement.

The Linux maintainer also explained that nothing major was added in this release, with the exception of Exynos DRM updates, IBM RamSan driver updates, and l2tp updates. If all goes well, a final version of Linux kernel 3.9 should be available in a few weeks.

Highlights of Linux kernel 3.9 RC5:

• A broken build was fixed on OMAP1;

• Initialize register of MUIC device to bring it up without platform data;

• Require CAP_SYS_ADMIN over the current pidns to spoof pids;

• Suspend and resume has been fixed on Sony Vaio VGN-FW21M;

• Remove ethtool flow steering rules before releasing Qps;

• A new function has been added in order to get the gem buffer size;

• A quirk has been added for the Realtek Multi-card reader;

• Support has been added for Mitsubishi FX-USB-AW/-BD;

• A module parameter has been added in order to disable the pstore backend.

More details about the updates and the new features in the kernel can be found in the official announcement.

Download Linux kernel 3.9 RC5 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it is intended for testing purposes only.

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