After circulation of the stable version of Linux Kernel 5.7, it was the turn of the new version v5.8. For the same reason, recently, o Linus Torvalds, announced the beta version of Linux Kernel 5.8. He also said that during the Merge window of the new version, it received one of the largest numbers of improvements and changes in the history of Linux Kernel.
More specifically, v5.8-rc1 is considered the second largest version of the Linux kernel, because it contains about 14.000 non-merge commits, 800 new lines code, as well as nearly 14.000 changes to archives (which make up 20% of all kernel repository files). However, large numbers are not enough for the first place, which still belongs to Linux Kernel 4.9.
What changes are there to the Linux kernel 5.8?
This version mainly includes changes to the fileystem, some improvements documentation, as well as some cleanups. In addition to what we just mentioned, the new version also offers improvements in security, support for the latest hardware, as well as intel / Radeon graphics driver updates.
Below are some of the changes that have been made during the merge window:
- Improvements to AMD Radeon Graphics driver.
- SELinux updates.
- General notification queue.
- Improvements in Power Management.
- Match the Fn and Ctrl keys on the Apple keyboards.
- Support for Tiger Lake Thunderbolt has been added.
- Support has been added for the Habana Labs Gaudi accelerator.
- Some Btrfs changes.
- Several Cleanups and fixes for EXT4 and exFAT systems.
- Support for POWER10 processors.
According to Linus Torvalds, the kernel development team is already working on the next beta version of the kernel. Asked when to expect the stable version of Linux Kernel 5.8, he said it would be released in early August.