Today, Linus Torvalds declared that the first release candidate of the Linux Kernel 5.11 series is now available for public testing.
It’s been just two weeks since the release of Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS (Long-Term Support) and as the merge window of the latest Linux Kernel version opened; it’s now the time to hustle once more and experiment with the next major Linux kernel branch, which seems to be a mediocre release, neither too huge nor too small.
In Linux Kernel 5.11, the biggest changes are observed to be made encompassing the AMD GPU open-source graphics driver for AMD Radeon GPUs, which got a “huge dump” of descriptor header files and additionally got the support for the AMD “Van Gogh” GPU family, which seems to be nearly two-thirds of the complete RC1 release.
In addition to this, the Linux 5.11 Kernel incorporates several new and updated drivers, general improvements, and fixes for filesystems, tooling, networking, architectures, and lastly the documentation. To know more regarding the technical details, you can check out Linux Torvalds’s merge log.
Recently, Linux Kernel 5.8 reached its EOL and users were advised to upgrade to Linux 5.9 Series
The final release of the Linux Kernel version 5.11 is anticipated to arrive sometime in mid-February however it also relies on the fact that how many of the RCs (Release Candidates) will be released while it’s in its development cycle phase and likely several other factors.
Till then, if you want to have a look and test the first release candidate of the latest Linux version then you can down download the source tarball straight away from kernel.org. But, please take note that you don’t install it on any production machine as it is a pre-release version and could cause serious system issues.
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