Torvalds releases new test Linux kernel: 2.6 around the corner

The latest Linux kernel is available for download after creator Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.0-test7 version Thursday.

Announcing the release, Torvalds said the biggest improvements in the test7 patches were updates for s390, DVB, NFS, cpufreq and ACPI, according to

Torvalds said he and fellow kernel developer, Australian Andrew Morton, were trying to "calm down development", and that patches submitted for future -test8 and -test9 versions should fix stability only.

"By the end of October we can look at the state of 2.6.0 without having a lot of noise from 'not strictly necessary' stuff," Torvalds said.

The new kernel can be downloaded here.

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