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The development of the Linux 5.9 kernel began approximately two months ago. Since Linus Torvalds announced the first milestone of Release Candidate (RC) Similarly, after no less than eight RCs, the final version is now available. However, it should arrive for some of the more popular release distributions in the coming weeks.

On the other hand, a few months ago we talked about the 5.8 Linux kernel. Where I mark a before and after.

kernel 5.8 features

  • The FSGSBASE support is complete with this kernel version. That means you get a heavy performance boost for AMD and Intel systems because this support helps to context switch in OS during heavy work without kernel interaction.
  • Includes compatibility with Toshiba USB 3.0 adapter and MCT USB 3.0 adapter.
  • Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA ” graphics card and Intel Rocket Lake graphics card support.
  • On the other hand, the upcoming USB 4 specification receives more support as work is underway to obtain full support in future kernel versions.
  • More support for storage and file-system space. The Btrfs, F2FS seems performance improvements. More support is added for NVMe 2.0 spec for SSDs.
  • Bug fixes on race conditions, memory leaks across modules.
  • Bunch of performance improvements for IBM Thinkpad series

Consult the official website for more details.

Conclusion

The latest version of the 5.9 kernel, is a great release in terms of hardware, graphics, and other performance updates.

On the other hand, it also means that the merge window for the next major version. The Linux 5.10 kernel is now open for developers. Similarly, the Linux 5.10 kernel is expected to arrive in mid-December or close to the Christmas holidays.

However, unlike its previous version (5.8) which incorporated new hardware in a good number and improved security features. The most recent version, which focused on bug fixes, Radeon RX 6000 graphics card, among other things.

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