Linux kernel 5.5 RC-1 released

Linus Torvalds released the first public testing version of the upcoming kernel 5.5.

“We’ve had a normal merge window, and it’s now early Sunday afternoon, and it’s getting closed as has been the standard rule for a long while now,” said Linus Torvalds. “Everything looks fairly regular – it’s a tiny bit larger (in commit counts) than the few last merge windows have been, but not bigger enough to really raise any eyebrows. And there’s nothing particularly odd in there either that I can think of: just a bit over half of the patch is drivers, with the next big area being Arch updates.”

Kernel 5.5 will be the first 2020 release and it will be expected to reach stable around the beginning of February.

To the non-faint hearted or the adventurous types, you can try and report bugs on kernel 5.5 by visiting and downloading it on

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