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Linux kernel 4.14 LTS reaches public testing stage

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Linux 4.14 LTS

Linus Torvalds has officially kickstarted the development for Linux 4.14 kernel series. To begin the action, the first release candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux kernel is now available for public testing.

Torvalds released the final version of Linux kernel 4.13 last week. The most stable and advanced kernel series will be adopted by most Linux distros. Linux 4.14, on the other hand, is set to be debuted as the next LTS (long-term supported) kernel series. It is expected to be live by early November. In the meantime, the first development snapshot is available in a nascent stage.

Linux kernel 4.14 LTS brings an array of improvements. There are various updates to drivers, architecture updates and new documentation. The filesystems, core networking tools are improved as well. “Things don’t look bad, but I hate it when I find issues during the merge window. Admittedly, some of it was simply because we had some unusual activity,” writes Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

If all the releases are pushed as per the schedule, we can expect the final release of Linux kernel 4.14 LTS by early November. You can download the source tarsal of Linux 4.14 RC1 from the kernel.org website.