Linus Torvalds released version 5.13 of the Linux kernel after a very smooth development process that only required seven candidate versions.
“So we’ve had a pretty quiet week since rc7, and I see no reason to delay 5.13,” the Linux chief maintainer wrote in his weekly Kernel Status article.
Torvalds called the new version “big enough”.
“In fact, it’s one of the biggest 5.x releases, with over 16,000 commits (over 17,000 if you count the merges), from over 2,000 developers.
“But it’s a ‘grand all over’ kind of thing, not something special that stands out as particularly unusual. Some of the extra size might just be due to the fact that 5.12 got that extra rc week.
The characteristics that contribute to greatness include:
- Apple M1 silicon support;
- The early days of wireless WAN support;
- Microsoft’s Azure Network Adapter, a tool that facilitates the creation of hybrid networks;
- Improved support for advanced configuration and power interface specifications on laptops;
- No more support for Microsoft Surface laptops;
- First work to support Linux as Arm64 Hyper-V guests;
- Numerous enhancements to RSIC-V support.
People at Phoronix have a detailed list of the best new songs in this release.
Torvalds signed off his launch message by stating, “I already have a few pending pull requests, but as usual I would ask people to at least do a quick test to the final 5.13 release before we move on to the news. exciting things waiting.
The new version can be found here and for the more complete among you, the Torvalds commit for this version is here.
The release of version 5.13 means that the merge window for version 5.14 is now open. Some of the features to include include support for Raspberry Pi 400, updates to handle recent or imminent x86 processors, and support for more GPUs, including Qualcomm’s Adreno 660 GPU, which can be found alongside its new Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Kernel version 5.12 has extended to an eighth release candidate. ®