Linus Torvalds just released version 5.0 of the Linux kernel, codenamed "Shy Crocodile". Linux 5.0 includes Google's new encryption technology and support for AMD FreeSync, Raspberry Pi touch screens and more goodies.
Linux 5.0 appeared March 3, 2019. As Linus explained back in January on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML,) This is not really a big release:
The numbering change is not an indication of anything special. If you want an official reason it is that I ran out of fingers and toes to reckon with, so 4.21 became 5.0 …. There is no major special feature made for the release numbers either. Of course, depending on your specific interests, some people may find a feature that they think so much that they think it can do as a reason to increase the large number.
So get lost. Make your own reason why it is 5.0.
You have a lot of reasons to choose from. OMG Ubuntu has a good summary of the most interesting:
- Linux's file system level encryption (fscrypt) now offers built-in support for Adiantum, Google's new fast-encryption technology for low-end phones and light-weight Internet (IoT) devices. You can use this technology on your Linux desktop with file systems like EXT4 and F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System.)
- For players, Linux 5.0 now has built-in support for AMD FreeSync, providing adaptive update rates – in other words, it sounds the computer controls the display's refresh rate in the flight. This requires both AMD Radeon hardware and a FreeSync-supported display.
- Raspberry Pi Foundation offers an official 7-inch touch screen display. This latest Linux kernel provides built-in support for this hardware, making it easier for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts.
Linux 5.0 also offers support for other new hardware devices, from NVIDIA Turing GPU to the shortcut keys on Lenovo ThinkPad and Asus laptops.
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If you're a Linux user, you probably won't load manually and compile your own core. Instead, you get Linux 5.0 when offered by your Linux distribution. For example, Linux 5.0 is likely to appear in the next edition of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo", scheduled to be released on April 18, 2019.