Linux Kernel 5.0 released with FreeSync Support
Linux Kernel 5.0 released with FreeSync Support and many enhancements. Linus Torvalds went ahead and released the stable Linux 5.0 kernel. The Linux 5.0 kernel offers:
Support for AMD Radeon FreeSync Continuous work in the development of Intel Icelake and other new CPU resources Logitech high-resolution scrolling features Network enhancements and more Details of the new kernel This kernel is previously known as version 4.21, the new release comes with full of improvements.
According to Linus Torvalds
“The numbering change is not indicative of anything special. If you want to have an official reason, it’s that I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so 4.21 became 5.0”
Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) Drivers/Graphics
Support for AMD FreeSync is undoubtedly the most excellent feature of AMDGPU. The Linux 5.0 kernel can now provide work support for FreeSync/VESA Adaptive-Sync connections over DisplayPort! This was one of the few missing features of the open-source AMD Linux driver.
Here are the other major changes:
Support for a new VegaM and other new Vega IDs AMDKFD computing support for Vega 12 and Polaris 12 Support for NVIDIA Xavier display with Tegra DRM code Continued work bringing Intel Icelake Gen11 graphics and the Intel DRM driver also supports DP FEC. Initial support for NVIDIA Turing GPUs, but only kernel-mode configuration. No hardware acceleration in Nouveau. Media driver updates, including ASpeed video engine support.
Initial support for the NXP i.MX8 SoCs, as well as for the MX8 reference board The RDA Micro RDA8810PL, based on Cortex-A5, is another new SoC from ARM, now supported by the mainline kernel Updates in the 32-bit Chinese C-SKY CPU architecture code NVIDIA Tegra Suspension and Restart for Tegra X2 and Xavier SoCs Support for Allwinner T3, Qualcomm QCS404 and NXP Layerscape LX2160A Intel VT-d scalable mode support for scalable I/O virtualization New Intel Stratix 10 FPGA Drivers Updates to the Andes NDS32 CPU architecture The processors NXP PowerPC were finally mitigated to Specter V2 ARM big.LITTLE Energy-Aware Scheduling came to the kernel to conserve power and some small performance benefits possible Support for AArch64 pointer authentication AMD Zen temperature monitoring stand 2. There is also temperature support for the Hyden Dhyana AMD processors manufactured in China Support for the POWER On-Chip controller driver Many updates to MIPS CPUs, including preparation for MIPS nano Improved handling of AMD CPU microcode AMD STIBP Always-On Preferred Mode AMD platform QoS support for next-generation EPYC processors.
Download Linux 5.0 Kernel
The source code for Linux 5.0 can be downloaded from here. Ubuntu is planning to include this kernel on their upcoming release Ubuntu 19.04. If you can’t wait until then you can check how to install Linux 5.0 Kernel on Ubuntu here. But, upgrading to a mainline Linux kernel is generally not a good idea if you are an average desktop user and you don’t have any strong reason for the update. If you have doubts on it, it’s better not to mess up.
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