Linus Torvalds Apologizes for Inclusion of a Kernel Bug in the Linux 4.8 Release

This should not worry anyone simply because of the fact that there’s no stable GNU/Linux distribution out there to switch to the new Linux 4.8 kernel series so fast, mainly because the first release is tagged as mainline, and it moves to stable once the first maintenance update is out, in this case Linux kernel 4.8.1. So when Linux kernel 4.8.1 will be released, which we believe that it will happen shortly after this announcement, OS vendors can finally get it, compile and optimize it for their supported architectures, and push it to the stable channels for users to upgrade from the previous version they’re currently using.

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