Linux Kernel 6.5 RC4 released with 328 commits

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Linus Torvalds has released the fourth release candidate for Linux Kernel 6.5, which includes 328 commits. This is the third time in a row that the rc4 release of the Linux kernel has had exactly 328 commits. Torvalds has described this as a “weird numerological coincidence.”

In addition to the 328 commits, Linux Kernel 6.5 RC4 also includes support for Alibaba’s T-Head TH1520 RISC-V SoCs, work to enable CXL pooled memory tech, Wi-Fi 7 enhancements, and more.

The uncanny pattern emerged in the release candidate four (rc4) of the previous Linux kernel versions 6.2, 6.3, and now in 6.5. The pattern consisted of precisely 328 non-merge commits. This number aligns with the concept of “angel numbers,” which symbolizes guidance from guardian angels leading to happiness. Perhaps, this very coincidence suggests that the path to happiness is paved through the Linux kernel’s development.

The Linux 6.5 is poised to deliver support for Alibaba’s T-Head TH1520 RISC-V SoCs, advancements in CXL pooled memory technology, Wi-Fi 7 improvements, and the integration of the latest Rust toolchain editions. Moreover, users can look forward to faster kernel and system booting and improved support for Xbox controllers’ rumble feature, catering to diverse user preferences.

Torvalds says he expects Linux Kernel 6.5 to be released after seven release candidates, which means that it could be released in late August.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.


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