Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS Officially Released

Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux has recently announced the latest mainline kernel update of Linux Kernel 5.10 as a Long-Term Support Kernel with new hardware support and features. Kernel developers also plan to maintain this LTS till 2026, which make it one of its biggest release for awhile.

Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS Officially Released

He also wrote that he “… There’s a fair amount of fixes in here, including a few last-minute reverts for things that didn’t get fixed, but nothing makes me go “we need another week”. Things look fairly normal.” Linux also mentioned that he’ll be more strict with accepting tested/ready code and not accept materials that are not well tested.

There are a lot more new features and updates as compared when we fist covered in previously, so let’s take a look at the list below.

What’s new on Linux 5.10:

  • More support for Intel Rocket Lake CPUs, the next-generation desktop CPU architecture from Intel. Early support was added for Alder Lake and Meteor Lake CPUs from Intel, and we’ll expect more to come
  • Performance improvement and fixes, hardware monitoring support in AMD Zen 3 CPU
  • Supports the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro controller
  • XFS file system is fixed the year 2038 problem
  • Mount times faster for inode in the allocation group
  • The next-generation USB4 interface sees more improvements and additions
  • More support for Synaptics laptop touchpads and ThinkPad X1, X1E, P1 devices
  • Bringing in more open-source DRM

Downloading Linux Kernel 5.10

You can download and install the mainline kernel packages now through your Ubuntu. Though it is not advisable to do so as this may break the current Linux system. Still, if you’re keen on doing so, you may download it here.

For more Linux Kernel 5.10 coverage, we released another article from a while back, so feel free check it out while you’re at it:

The all-new Linux Kernel 5.10 will be the newest Long-Term Support Kernel

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December 2020