Linux Kernel 5.16 Released, Let’s See What’s New

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Lately, Linux Torvalds announced the release of Linux Kernel 5.16. Linux enthusiasts who were eagerly waiting for this release can finally test it out on their systems. The latest kernel update brings a plethora of new features and enhancements for Linux gamers and desktop users.

Having said that, let’s see what’s included in the latest Linux Kernel 5.16 release.

Linux Kernel 5.16: Features and Enhancements

The latest Linux Kernel gradually improves the performance of Intel and AMD CPUs/GPUs, as per some benchmark tests conducted by Phoronix.

Besides this, ARM platforms Raspberry Pi have also been improved.

With the performance increase of Wine and Proton in the 5.16 release, running Windows games on Linux is a lot better than before.

Furthermore, Linux Kernel 5.16 brings enhanced support for the Apple M1 chip with the added support for USB, PCIe, and other minor fixes and now supports Apple Magic Keyboard.

In the connectivity department, Kernel 5.16 brings enhancements to support low latency USB audio and the support for newer Realtek 802.1ax wireless adapters.

A few other remarkable improvements in this update include the support for the ARM-based SoC; Snapdragon 690, support for KVM RISC-V hypervisor support, enhanced support for HP Omen laptops and RISC-V kernel build enables open-source NVIDIA driver.

For further details, you can check out the official changelog and Linus Torvald’s announcement.

How to Download Linux Kernel 5.16?

If you want to test the latest Linux Kernel, download tarball for the 5.16 kernel version.

Note: If you don’t want to compile you should wait for the distributions to push it to the repositories by the end of this month.

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