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Linux 5.10 LTS Released As One Of The Biggest Kernel Releases In A While

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As expected, Linus Torvalds today officially released Linux 5.10. Besides being the last kernel release of 2020, this is a significant milestone in that it's also a Long Term Support (LTS) kernel to be maintained for at least the next five years and also is a huge kernel update in general with many new features.


Linux 5.10 features new hardware support including early bring-up around Intel Rocket Lake and Alder Lake, continued work on Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics, a number of storage/file-system improvements, and more. See our 10 most interesting features of Linux 5.10 or our complete Linux 5.10 feature overview.


Source: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-5.10-Released



Here is a summarized list from Phoronix as well ot some new features:

- Continued work around bringing up Intel's forthcoming Rocket Lake and Alder Lake hardware
- AMD Zen 3 temperature monitoring now works on Linux with the k10temp driver
- On the Intel graphics side they have landed more Gen12 / Xe Graphics fixes
- AMDGPU DC display support for GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics processors
- Raspberry Pi VC4 support is now present in the mainline Linux kernel
- Instruction emulation to help any few games run on Wine/Proton with modern processors (AMD Zen 2 or Intel Cannon Lake and newer)
- The XFS file-system now supports timestamps to the Year 2486.
- The Creative Labs SoundBlaster AE-7 sound card is finally supported under Linux
- Nintendo Switch controller support with Linux 5.10 thanks to the new Nintendo HID driver
- There are a number of security improvements with hardening against possible DMA attacks by external PCI Express devices


Looks to be a great LTS release for Linux, looking forward to testing the next Ubuntu release that includes this kernel.

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