Hi, Linus released 4.8-rc7 few hours and said that he "might" release -rc8 still. So if there's anything which you absolutely want to have in 4.9 send it now to make sure it makes it in time in the unlikely case that -rc8 is not released. If -rc8 is released the deadline will be this week's Sunday.
wireless-drivers remains open for important fixes. -- Kalle Valo