Linux kernel 4.5 RC7 (Release Candidate 7) is now available for download to early adopters, especially Linux kernel-based operating system vendors, as well as to those who want to test and report bugs, and according to Mr. Torvalds things have finally calmed down this past week.
Of course, this means only one thing: the final release of Linux kernel 4.5 is just around the corner, and it might arrive next week, March 13, 2016, if everything goes according to plan and no sudden changes occur. Therefore, the 7th Release Candidate build is also the last in the series.
The seventh Release Candidate build of Linux kernel 4.5 consists of approximately three quarters of updated drivers, in particular for things like USB, Watchdog, GPU, RDMA, ATA, and sound, not to mention that a usb-serial redundant driver has been removed, and the rest is split between architecture fixes (mostly for ARM, x86, MIPS, and SPARC) and filesystem improvements (mostly Btrfs, CIFS, Ceph, and JFFS2).
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht