Linux kernel 6.0 unveiled, new features expected in version 6.1

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The main force behind the development of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds has released a stable cut of Linux kernel version 6.0.

Notable features of Linux 6.0 include better ACPI handling and power management, which will be critical for users of Intel’s Sapphire Rapids CPUs. It also includes support for SMB3 in the kernel, which will help speed up file transfers and improve security by giving more users reasons to drop the insecure SMB1.

Intel’s discrete Arc graphics is recognized and support for some Arm-powered laptops has been improved in the unveiled version 6.0. Version 6.0 also provides support for RISC-V advanced on multiple fronts.

Torvalds rated version 6.0 as “one of the bigger releases, at least in numbers of commits in a while,” largely thanks to the inclusion of “15k non-merge commits in there in total.” Experts consider the launch message overrated for what it offers.

Torvalds expects version 6.1 to include improved features, including support for the Rust programming language, optional disabling of Spectre mitigation for some Arm silicon, CPU fault detection and other features.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.

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