Linus Torvalds has just pushed the last release candidate (RC) build of Linux 4.8 kernel. This is supposedly the last development snapshot of the upcoming Linux platform.
According to the official announcement published by Torvalds, there are not major changes in the RC8. Most of the changes are random and minor fixes.
“I didn’t get the feeling that there was no point in doing one final RC. I expect the final 4.8 release next weekend unless something really unexpected comes up,” writes Torvalds. He has also hinted that final release of Linux kernel 4.8 will be published on October 2 and officially closed the development cycle of Linux kernel 4.8.
It will take some time for Linux kernel 4.8 to arrive in the main software repositories of various Linux distributions. Solus team is supposed to be the first distribution to bring Linux 4.8 packages to their users.
Canonical is set to launch Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on October 13. This new release will also be powered by Linux Kernel 4.8.
If you want to try the kernel 4.8 before that, you can download the RC8 of Linux kernel 4.8 from the official kernel site. This new build will bring some random small fixes and includes improvements in the existing drivers and filesystem.