Linux 5.0 with FreeSync support has appeared

Mar

5

2019

Linux 5.0 kernel was released on Sunday. Despite the version number, it is not a release with significantly more new functionality than other releases, but support for FreeSync and Nvidia Turing gps has been added.

Tux Linus Torvalds has announced the distribution of Linux 5.0 on the Linux Kernel Mailing List on Sunday. He also emphasizes that Linux does not have any feature releases. “5.0 does not mean much more than that the 4.x numbers became so big that I lost my fingers and toes.” Initially, the kernel version code-named Shy Crocodile would also appear as 4.21.

One of the prominent additions is the arrival of support for AMD FreeSync. If Linux users want to stutter and avoid tearing of their image, they must have a monitor with support and have Mesa 19 and an updated xf86 video-amdgpu package.

There is also support for Nvidia’s latest gpu generation Turing through the open source Nouveau driver. It is basic support that can not be compared with that of the regular driver of Nvidia itself, but Linux 5.0 can be combined with GeForce RTX 2000 cards.

In addition, the new kernel version includes a touchscreen driver for the RaspBerry Pi and support for Googles Adiantum is added in Fscrypt. Adiantum is disk encryption technology that works on systems with low hardware specifications, such as budget smartphones. Furthermore, the btrfs file system has support for swap files and there is support for scrolling at high resolution via the scroll wheels of Logitech and Microsoft mice.

In the meantime, the work on Linux 5.1 is in full swing and this will include support for Intel’s ‘Cyclone Peak’ 22260 network card for Wi-Fi ax.

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