The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, has released the new Linux 5.13 stable kernel. The release’s codename is Opossums on Parade and it brings initial support for the Apple M1 SoC, Landlock, support for Intel’s upcoming 12th Gen (Alder lake S) CPUs, FreeSync on HDMI, and much more.
Linux 5.13 Features: Initial Apple M1 Support
Apple’s M1 is getting some basic support improvements here, but accelerated graphics are not one of them. Some of Linux 5.13 features are Landlock, AMD FreeSync, and Alder Lake support.
Phoronix reports that a change in Linux 5.13 brings faster IO. There’s also a generic USB display driver and some hardware implementation.
Linus announced, “So we had quite the calm week since rc7, and I see no reason to delay 5.13. The shortlog for the week is tiny, with just 88 non-merge commits (and a few of those are just reverts). It’s a fairly random mix of fixes, and being so small, I’d suggest people scan the appended shortlog for what happened.“
Adding to this, he said, “It’s one of the bigger 5.x releases, with over 16k commits (over 17k if you count merges), from over 2k developers. But it’s a “big all over” kind of thing, not something particular that stands out as particularly unusual.“
- Amazon’s Luna Game Controller is now supported by the XPad Driver
- Clang Control Flow Integrity and Random kernel stack offsets per system call for better security
- Realtek RTL8156 and RTL8153D are now supported
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