Linus Torvalds only Approved Version 5.0 of the Linux kernel with the code name “Shy Crocodile”. Linux 5.0 includes the new encryption technology from Google as well as support for AMD FreeSync, Raspberry Pi touchscreens and other extras.
Linux 5.0 came out on March 3, 2019. As Linus explained Back in January on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), this isn’t a really big release:
The numbering change is not an indication of anything special. If you want an official reason, it’s because I’ve run out of fingers and toes to rely on, so 4.21 became 5.0…. There are also no major peculiarities that were decisive for the numbering of the publications. Of course, depending on your particular interests, some people may find a feature they like so much that they think they can do it as a reason for the main number increasing.
So go wild Think for yourself why it’s 5.0.
You have a whole host of reasons to choose from. OMG Ubuntu has a good summary of the most interesting:
- Linux file system level encryption (fscrypt) now offers built-in support for Adiantum, Google’s new high-speed encryption technology for low-end phones and light-weight Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You can use this technology on your Linux desktop with file systems like EXT4 and F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System).
- For gamers, Linux 5.0 now has built-in support for AMD FreeSync, which offers adaptive refresh rates – in other words, it allows the computer to control the display refresh rate on the fly. This requires both AMD Radeon hardware and a display that supports FreeSync.
- The Raspberry Pi Foundation offers an official 7 inch touch screen monitor. This latest Linux kernel has built-in support for this hardware, making it easy for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts.
Linux 5.0 also adds support for other new hardware devices, from NVIDIA Turing GPUs to the keyboard shortcuts on Lenovo ThinkPad and Asus laptops.
Google has developed faster encryption for low-end Android phones and IoT devices
If you’re a Linux user, chances are you’re not manually downloading and compiling your own kernel. Instead, you can get Linux 5.0 if your Linux distribution offers it. To the example, Linux 5.0 is likely to appear in the next version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo”, which is slated to be released on April 18, 2019.