Linux Kernel 5.19 rc1 Now Available to Download

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Creator of Linux Operating System(OS), Linus Torvalds through a mailing list announced the general availability of the first release candidate(rc1) for Linux Kernel 5.19.

The roll-out of the first release candidate means the initialization of the development cycle for the 5.19 kernel version. Furthermore, it also implies the official closure of the merge window for Linux Kernel 5.19.

AMD GPU Enhancements in Linux 5.19

According to Linus Torvalds, Linux Kernel 5.19 will be a huge release and will be encompassing numerous enhancements for AMD GPU users. The 5.19 version will incorporate several new and updated drivers thereby enhancing the compatibility of hardware and driver.

In addition to this, the Kernel update will bring architecture updates, tooling, and enhancements to the documentation.

Linus Torvalds further stated,

Anyway, apart from those three “process” issues, things look perfectly normal. Judging by the merge window, this release is going to be on the bigger side, but certainly not breaking any records, and nothing looks particularly odd or crazy. The diffstat is skewed by yet another drop of generated AMD GPU register descriptor headers, but I guess even that is “normal” by now. Certainly not a new thing. And if you ignore that drivers/gpu/drm/amd/include/ subdirectory, the stats look like they tend to do: roughly 60% drivers, with the rest being architecture updates, tooling, documentation and some relatively minor core kernel updates (filesystems, mm, networking etc. Oh, and the core module handling got split up into more manageable pieces rather than one big file).

One thing of note is how the long-time ARM generic kernel work (aka “multiplatform”) is pretty much done after 10+ years. Congrats to everybody involved. The StrongARM platforms remain with their separate kernels, and are expected to stay so, but compared to where things were a decade ago, this is a pretty big step 

Linus Torvalds Statement

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