Linux Kernel 4.8 Officially Released
Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. Linux kernel 4.8 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received eight Release Candidate (RC) testing versions that early adopters were able to compile and install on their GNU/Linux operating system to test various hardware components or simply report bugs.
New kernel branch brings lots of updated drivers, in particular for GPU, networking, and Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM), a bunch of improvements to the ARM, MIPS, SPARC, and x86 hardware architectures, updates to the networking stack, as well as to a few filesystem, and some minor changes to cgroup and vm.
"This obviously means that the merge window for 4.9 is open, and I appreciate the people who already sent in some pull requests early due to upcoming travel or other reasons. I'll start pulling things tomorrow, and have even the most eager developers and testers hopefully test the final 4.8 release before the next development kernels start coming.", said Linus Torvalds in his announcement.
There are several interesting new features implemented in the Linux 4.8 kernel, and Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen support is one that should get a mention. As with any new kernel series, there's better support for new hardware devices, so if you have a recent machine, you need to use Linux kernel 4.8, which is coming soon to a distro near you.