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Linux 4.11 gets fourth release candidate ahead of final launch

Linux 4.11 RC4

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has announced the availability of the fourth candidate of Linux 4.11. The fourth release candidate (RC4) brings updated networking stack and drivers to the forthcoming Linux release.

Comparatively smaller than RC3, Linux 4.11 RC4 comes preloaded with some committed features and new files. The release candidate has additionally brought improvements to core kernel performance, an audit fix, hash map fix and improved support for various hardware architecture options.

“So last week, I said that I was hoping that RC3 was the point where we had start to shrink the RCs, and yes, RC4 is smaller than RC3. By a tiny smidgen. It does touch a few more files, but it has a couple fewer commits, and fewer lines changed overall,” said Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

Final build scheduled for April end

Considering the fast track development cycle of Linux 4.11, you can expect the final build by April end.

In the meantime, you can download the RC4 build from the official kernel.org website. A changelog is also available alongside the latest release candidate to detail all its features.