Linux kernel 6.0 has arrived, what's new?

Linux kernel 6.0 has arrived, what’s new?

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Linux Kernel is the “kernel of Linux”.

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In the grand waltz of new operating systems, we were entitled to Windows 11 last year, macOS Ventura a few weeks ago, and now it’s Linux’s turn to get a facelift. Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, has released version 6.0, as he announced in his October newsletter.

What is the Linux kernel?

The changes that this new version of Linux brings are very different from those offered by the latest versions of Windows and macOS. On the Apple and Microsoft side, we have noticed quite important developments in terms of design, philosophy of use or ergonomics. Moving to the Linux 6.0 kernel is not exactly comparable, precisely because it is an operating system kernel. Very importantly, this software block manages the various resources of the computer and allows applications and hardware to communicate with each other. It is a kind of “brain” behind an operating system.

But this brain alone is not very useful. Developers need to take advantage of it to provide it with a graphical interface, a software suite, drivers, etc. It is this set of bricks that we call the operating system. Android, for example, uses the Linux kernel, as does Chrome OS. Particularly versatile, the kernel can be used in many different systems. By abuse of language, all non-commercial operating systems based on this kernel have been called Linux, but in reality Linux is only a part of systems such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

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A not so important version 6.0

The release of a version of the Linux kernel is still big news, as it brings new software features that will later be more widely integrated into the many operating systems that use Linux as a base. What about version 6.0?

At the risk of disappointing, version 6.0 of the kernel does not bring absolutely fundamental changes. As Torvalds himself writes, “the version number has more to do with not having enough fingers and toes to count than with the arrival of big changes”. Throughout the evolutions, the Linux kernel tagging becomes more complex with a lot of very abstract numbers (latest version was 5.19.12). Therefore, the decision was made to switch to a new figure to see more clearly. This does not mean that nothing new has been announced.

Broad compatibility with Intel processors and graphics cards

Linux 6.0 notably brings support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 ARM processor that will be used in future 5G laptops. Intel Arc graphics cards are also supported by this new kernel version, as are the recently announced new Raptor Lake processors. Better support for the Raspberry Pi 4 3D libraries should also delight owners of the microcomputer.

The release of this new kernel is not enough to make all Linux distributions automatically compatible with all computers on the market. All operating system vendors will need to develop this kernel to ensure full compatibility with the operating system, but the task has been made much easier with Linux 6.0. Great news for anyone looking to install an alternative operating system on their machine, whether it’s equipped with an Intel x64 or Qualcomm ARM processor. In particular, this will extend the life of these products if one day Windows starts to explode in its circuitry.

For the user who wants to compile the kernel himself, the sources are available, but it is better to wait for the update proposed by the OS publisher.

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