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Linus Torvalds Announces the Second Release Candidate of the Linux 4.12 Kernel

The Linux 4.12 RC2 kernel patch is a little bigger than last week’s first Release Candidate, but nothing out of the ordinary. It includes updated networking, GPU, USB, MD, watchdog, and staging drivers, improvements to the x86, ARM64 (AArch64), ARM, s390 and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures, KVM updates, as well as various core networking, bpf, filesystems changes. The final release of the Linux 4.12 kernel series is expected in early July, be it either on July 2, 2017, or at the end of the first week of the month, which depends on if there will be seven or eight Release Candidate (RC) builds published. However, the release date might suffer a delay if Linus Torvalds can’t announce the final version.