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Torvalds claims that the current Linux kernel version is actually quite dull

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According to Linux founder Linus Torvalds, there isn’t much to see here.

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Linus Torvalds has published the Linux kernel 5.18 on time, but he doesn’t seem overjoyed about it.

For consumers of Linux distros, Torvalds noted “nothing really weird leaps out” from the current 5.18 version, branding the kernel “plain old boring 5.18.”

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The news indicates that the merging window for the soon-to-be-released 5.19 kernel will open in a matter of hours, giving loyal users a little more reason to be excited.

Update to Linux 5.18

The upgrade will include parsic architecture changes as well as “random driver updates,” including one for Mellanox mlx5, as well as “other small architecture fixes, core networking, and tooling stuff” for Linux users.

Anyone interested in learning more about Linux can visit the update page here.

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Improved support for a variety of Intel, AMD, and Apple hardware is promised in the next 5.19 kernel.

According to Phoronix, these pieces of hardware include Intel DG2/Alchemist graphics, Intel Raptor Lake P graphics compatibility, and AMD SEV-SNP upstreaming.

Despite Tovalds labelling Intel “the single worst corporation we’ve ever dealt with” in a 2012 speech, increasing collaboration between Intel and Linux appears to be coming from both parties.

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Nvidia has made its Linux GPU kernel modules open source under a dual GPL/MIT licence, which is now available on GitHub.

Developers will be able to debug, integrate, and contribute back to their communities as a result of the change, according to the hardware giant.

Despite Torvalds’ efforts to downplay its importance, the 5.18 kernel brought several substantial changes to users.

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The mainline kernel was updated to incorporate an Intel Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) driver.

Compatibility improvements for hardware such as the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 CPU, the Tesla FSD chip (made by Arm and Samsung), Razer Blackwidow keyboards, and measures to improve Apple Magic Keyboard support were also included in the 5.18 kernel.

Interested in learning to code on Linux? See our list of the best laptops for developers.

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