So the last week was really quiet, which maybe means that I could probably just have skipped rc8 after all. Oh well, no real harm done.
This obviously means that the merge window for 4.9 is open, and I appreciate the people who already sent in some pull requests early due to upcoming travel or other reasons. I'll start pulling things tomorrow, and have even the most eager developers and testers hopefully test the final 4.8 release before the next development kernels start coming ;)
Anyway, there's a few stragging fixes since rc8 listed below: it's a mixture of arch fixes (arm, mips, sparc, x86), drivers (networking, nvdimm, gpu) and generic code (some core networking, with a few filesystem, cgroup and and vm things).
All of it pretty small, and there really aren't that many of them. Go forth and test,