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Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 5.5, First RC Is Out Now

That’s right, Linus Torvalds has officially kicked off the development cycle of the next major Linux kernel series, Linux 5.5, which is now available for public testing from the kernel.org website. Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 is the first milestone in many to come and gives the community a first look at the new features and changes. We expect the Linux 5.5 kernel series to be officially released to the general public at the end of January or in early February 2020, which usually depends on how many Release Candidate (RC) milestones will be released. Linux kernel 5.5 will also be the first kernel series to be launch in 2020.