The Linux Kernel 5.Eight launch has been introduced Linus Torvalds, however what’s new and improved? On this put up we recap the varied new options and core modifications.
In his electronic mail announcement to the Linux Kernel Mailing Record (LKML) Linus describes the discharge as thus: “So [here] it’s, a shiny new kernel. Give it a whirl earlier than all you individuals begin sending me the pull requests for the merge window, which I’ll begin dealing with tomorrow.”
Linux 5.Eight is already out there for testing in Ubuntu 20.10 day by day builds. Whereas it’s not but clear which Linux kernel model the ultimate secure launch of the Groovy Gorilla will ship with come October (and thus get back-ported to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS by way of 20.04.2 LTS) there’s an excellent likelihood it will likely be this launch.
Linux 5.8: Key Options & Modifications
If you happen to had been anticipating Linux 5.Eight to be one of many ‘largest kernel releases’ in a very long time you had good cause Linus hyped issues up as such when the merge window for this launch opened. Sadly you’ll need to place some brakes in your expectations.
Linux 5.Eight is a reasonably customary launch. Not too large. Not too small. Simply kinda there, doing every part the final kernel did (okay, and a bit extra) higher.
We’ve been spoiled by headline change after headline change in the previous few releases, and that couldn’t proceed.
Nonetheless, there are some new options and key modifications value figuring out about, together with:
- New AMD power driver for Zen/Zen2 power sensors
- AMD Renoir CPU temperature monitoring
- AMD Renoir ACP audio assist
- AMDGPU Trusted Reminiscence Zone Assist
- Kernel Concurrency Sanitizer
- Enhance assist within the CPPC CPUFreq driver
- Open Supply Adreno 405 / 640 / 650 GPU assist
- Shadow Name Stack and Department Goal Identification for ARM64
- Extra exFAT driver enhancements
- Thunderbolt ARM (i.e. USB 4.0) assist
- Intel Atom digital camera driver
- Capability to swap fn and ctrl keys on Apple keyboards
There’s additionally additionally a swathe of miscellaneous file system, system structure, reminiscence, and efficiency enhancements on supply. The sort of invisible meta-glue magic that holds your system collectively — now even higher™.
A crop of ARM-based single-board pc and reference platforms acquire assist on this launch, together with the ODroid-C4, Mediatek MT8173 (utilized in varied ARM-based Chromebooks), and the Renesas RZ/G1H.
For a extra detailed take a look at this launch in all of its binary glory hold an eye fixed fastened on KernelNewbies.org for a complete overview of all of the core modifications.
Set up Linux Kernel 5.Eight on Ubuntu
You possibly can set up new mainline Linux kernels in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and different Ubuntu-based distributions utilizing the mainline kernel builds constructed by Ubuntu builders.
However, and that is essential: you shouldn’t try this.
Ubuntu makes use of the Ubuntu Linux kernel (which is just like the upstream one, however with some Ubuntu particular patches or tweaks made). Main new Ubuntu Linux kernel releases don’t occur usually and, after they do, they’re usually tied to a brand new secure launch.
If you happen to actually can’t anticipate Ubuntu to backport it you’ll be able to go forward and set up it manually — simply achieve this figuring out that when/in case your system breaks in half, you get to maintain each items!