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Linus Torvalds Announces the Fifth Release Candidate of Linux 4.12 Kernel Series

Linux kernel 4.12 RC5 does not follow in the footsteps of last week’s Release Candidate 4 milestone, nor any of the other previous RCs and appears to a slightly bigger patch that adds numerous updated drivers, especially GPU, SCSI, networking, sound, and block layer ones, various improvements for the ARM, ARM64 (AArch64), x86, SPARC and PPC (PowerPC) hadware architectures, and updates to the Btrfs, EXT4 and UFS filesystems. As we stated in our previous reports, the Linux 4.12 kernel series appears to launch in early July 2017, either on the 2nd or the 9th, depending on if there will be seven or eight Release Candidate (RC) milestones released during its entire development cycle. Two other RCs are expected in the coming weeks, specifically Linux kernel 4.12 RC6 on June 18 and Linux kernel 4.12 RC7 on June 25, 2017.