Software update: Linux Kernel 5.0-rc1

Jan

8

2019

The first release candidate of Linux Kernel 5.0 has been released. The Kernel is the heart of the operating system and is, simply put, as a layer between the hardware and the applications. Linus writes in his announcement that there is no specific reason to change the version number from 4.21 to 5.0 and that the reader can make his own reason for that. As usual, you can find a summary of the changes on Phoronix , which includes support for AMD FreeSync, a Raspberry Pi Touchscreen driver, a new console font for HiDPI / retina screens and Adiantum data encryption. The announcement of Linus is as follows:

Linux 5.0 rc1

So this was a fairly unusual experience with the holidays, and as a result I’m not going to complain about the pull requests that ended up coming in late. It all worked out fine, I think. And people had their pull requests in early, and hopefully had a calm holiday season. Thanks again to everybody.

The numbering change is not indicative of anything special. If you want to have an official reason, it’s 4.21 became 5.0. There’s no nice git object numerology this time (we’re _about_ 6.5M objects in the git repo), and there is not any major particular feature that is released. Of course, depending on your particular interests, some people might find a feature _they_ like so much that they think it’s a reason for incrementing the major number.

So go wild. Make up your own reason for why it’s 5.0.

Because as usual, there’s a lot of changes in there. Not because this merge window was particularly big – but even smaller windows are not exactly small. It is a very solid and average merge window with just under 11k commits (or about 11.5k if you count merges).

The stats look fairly normal. About 50% is drivers, 20% is architecture updates, 10% is tooling, and the remaining 20% ​​is all about (documentation, networking, filesystems, header file updates, core kernel code ..). Nothing particular stands out, although I do like seeing how some ancient drivers are getting put out to pasture (* cough * isdn * cough *).

As usual even the short log is much too big to post.

Go test. Kick the tires. Be the first kid on your block running a 5.0 pre-release kernel.

Linus
Version number 5.0-rc1
Release status Beta
Operating systems Linux
Website
Linux Kernel Archive
Download
https://www.kernel.org/
License type GPL

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