Linux kernel 5.19 has been officially released. The latest version of the kernel operating system introduces a slew of new minor features and was first released from an Arm laptop, according to Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
Kernel version 5.19.0 Adds support for zstd compressed firmware files, Realtek 8852ce 5Gz devices, and 32-bit applications based on RISC-V instruction sets on 64-bit systems, among others. In addition, several improvements have been made to the Direct Rendering Manager subsystem and basic support for Loongson’s Loongarch CPU architecture and Arm’s Scalable Matrix Extension have been added.
Kernel 5.19 also provides support for the operating system’s Arc Alchemist GPUs. Additionally, the latest kernel addresses an issue where systems with Intel’s generations of Skylake chips across Comet Lake run on less heat and consume less power when systems are in sleep mode.
Torvalds confirms that he launched the new kernel on an Apple laptop with a soc based on the Arm architecture, using Asahi Linux. This project is necessary to run Linux on Apple systems. Although he did the “real work” on a different system, the developer says he’s been looking forward to using Arm64 hardware for the project for a long time.
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