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Linus Torvalds Announces First RC of Linux Kernel 4.10 as Christmas Present

If you’re watching the Linux kernel scene, you would know that there have been two weeks since the launch of the Linux 4.9 kernel, which appeared to be the biggest kernel version ever released. This means that the merge window for Linux kernel 4.10, which is not as big as Linux kernel 4.9 was, is now officially closed and it’s time for us to test drive the RC1 milestone. According to Linus Torvalds, half of the Linux kernel 4.10 Release Candidate 1 patch are updated drivers for various devices. The rest is just the usual noise with documentation, perf tooling updates, and architecture improvements standing out from the crowd. Of course, Linux gamers would be happy to learn that there’s better support for AMD Radeon graphics cards, too.