Linux boss Linus Torvalds was optimistic that version 6.0 of the open source operating system should hit users soon, despite the slight delays.
According to his September 18 Patch (opens in a new tab) for the sixth release (Linux 6.0-rc6), many maintainers traveled because of Maintainers’ Summit in Dublin as well as OSS EU and LPC. For this reason, rc6 was “artificially small”.
Torvalds continues the discussion of the smaller-than-usual size of the release candidate: “Or – assuming my absurdly optimistic hat – maybe everything is so nice and stable that there just haven’t been too many fixes?”
Linux 6.0 release date
Speaking of the latest release candidate – rc7 – on blog (opens in a new tab)Torvalds said he expects it to be “larger than usual due to pull requests being shifted a week later”, which could lead to the Linux operating system needing another release (number 8).
Despite expecting rc7 to be a larger release than usual, according to Torvalds’s last announcement on September 25, “it doesn’t really seem to have happened.” “It is slightly above the historical average for this period in the release cycle, but it is definitely not outlier and looks quite normal.”
It continues to refute the previous indication that more rc8 would be required. The successful rc7 makes him think that “the final release will be on schedule next weekend unless something unexpected happens.”
In fact, according to the latest Linux 6.0 update, this is “the first time we have a clean build of ‘make allmodconfig’ with no clang warnings.”
Torvalds completes his message with his hopeful plan for last week of testing. The likely elimination of rc8 means Linux 6.0 appears to be “on schedule next weekend,” leading us to believe a release in early October is most likely.