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 Linux 6.0-rc1 Released With Exciting Performance Optimizations, New Hardware Support

Linux 6.0-rc1 Released With Exciting Performance Optimizations, New Hardware Support

Linux 6.0-rc1 released, this afternoon, following a two-week merge window, Linus Torvalds released the first release candidate of Linux 6.0. The Linux 6.0 kernel will stabilize over the next two months, but early testing I have done on a variety of computers shows that it is currently in good shape and looking fast and feature-rich. I’ll have more desktop/laptop tests from Linux 6.0 in the coming weeks, but so far, it’s looking great on the performance front, with great uplift on high-end Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC servers as well as AMD Threadripper. The performance enhancements are both noticeable and welcome.

Linux 6.0-rc1 Released

What Detailed analysis says

My detailed analysis of Linux 6.0’s new features will be out tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek. New features in Linux 6.0 include the new AMD Raphael audio driver, early work on Intel Meteor Lake support like audio, perf tooling for AMD Zen 4 IBS, Intel IPI virtualization for x86, and support for setting the system hostname via the “hostname=” kernel parameter. Other highlights include support for RISC-V extensions, the ability to set the hostname via the “hostname=” kernel parameter, and AMD Automatic Mode Transition for Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. That’s the gist of it, but in short, Linux 6.0 is a very promising kernel.

How Modified FIles Work

The number of modified files and new lines in Linux 6.0 is the highest it has been in quite some time… New support for AMDGPU and Intel Habana Labs Gaudi2 contributed to the addition of over a million lines of code this cycle. Seven hundred and eighty-nine thousand lines of new code were introduced during the Linux 5.19 merging window. It’s safe to say that Linux 6.0 will have a significant impact.

Linux 6.0-rc1 Released

Even though the new features in Linux 6.0 are quite exciting, not all of them will be merged until next week. These fixes for Rust on Linux haven’t been merged yet. Assuming all goes well, perhaps the following cycle. Neither the Maple Tree work nor the performance-enhancing MGLRU work made it this cycle, but both are expected to be ready for Linux 6.1. The “PREEMPT RT” fixes for real-time Linux are likewise nearly complete but weren’t submitted in time for v6.0.


Some recent Linux kernel crashes have been reported, and it appears that Linus Torvalds may relate them to the VirtIO merging, which is currently being addressed. With any luck, everything will be ready for Linux 6.0-rc1 Released next weekend. Linus Torvalds said in the announcement for Linux 6.0-rc1 Released: “I was actually hoping that we’d get some of the initial rust infrastructure, and the multi-gen LRU VM,” but neither of those things materialised. There are always new releases coming out. However, development is ongoing in many other places, making the “shortlog” far too large to submit; as is customary for rc1 announcements, I have only included my “merge log” below. A quick review of the merge log can give you a sense of the big picture, but I should emphasise again that the folks listed there are only the maintainers I draw from; when you dig into the git tree, you’ll find the work of over 1700 developers.

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Linux 6.0-rc1 Released


Q1: Where can I get Linux Lite?

Into your Windows computer. Launch a web browser. Visit Linux Lite’s main site for further information. To access the Linux Lite Download page for the most recent release of Linux Lite OS, select “Download” from the download menu on the Homepage.

Q2: Are Linux distributions available for no cost?

That’s right, there is absolutely no barrier to entrance. With Linux, there are no costs associated with installing it on many PCs or running it on a server.

Q3: What version of Linux is recommended with the operating system?

Ubuntu Mint is a popular Linux distribution. Top-notch Linux distribution for newcomers.

Chrome Operating System. Computing made simple and inexpensive, without the hassles of Windows.

Ubuntu. Conveniently user-friendly. Look now.

OS Zorin. Making the switch from Windows to Mac is less of a hassle.

There is nothing better than MX Linux. Lightweight and simple to pick up.

Q4: Does Linux Lite come in 32-bit form?

After April of 2021, 32-bit versions of Xubuntu and Linux Lite were discontinued.

Q5: What extent will Linux’s performance outstrip Windows?

In contrast to Windows 10, Linux is known for its speed and smoothness. Linux has a more up-to-date desktop experience and operating system features than Windows 8.1 and 10, and it is speedier even on older hardware.

Jennie Marquez

Jennie Marquez

Jennie is a Staff writer, contributor and has been writing about tech for over a decade. Jennie’s work at trendblog is to specialize in phones and tablets, but she also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. She is based in London, UK.
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