The new Linux kernel series has finally been released. The Linux 5.0 kernel series is now available to everyone as Linus Torvalds today launches a new development cycle while releasing the first kernel final release.
The development cycle of new core series 5.0 of Linux began two months ago, during which published seven RC (Release Candidate) for testing paving the way for this change of version.
This change from 4 to 5 does not mean anything except the fact that Linux 5.x is the latest version of 4.x.
"The overall changes for all releases of version 5.0 will be great, but I would like to point out (again) that the 5.0 kernel features will have nothing more than the 4.x versions that have started to increase in number and we can not to measure them on the fingers and toes, "Linus Torvalds said in a statement to mailing list.
The overall changes for all of the 5.0 release are much bigger. But I'd like to point out (yet again) that we don't do feature-based releases, and that "5.0" doesn't mean anything more than that the 4.x numbers started getting big enough that I ran out of fingers and toes
Noting that although the change in the version number does not mean anything, the Linux 5.0 kernel introduces some interesting features such as support to FreeSync AMDGPU open-source graphics driver.
The Linux 5.0 kernel also brings a new feature energy planning for improved energy management devices using ARM big.LITTLE CPUs, support Adiantum file system encryption in fscrypt and support for swap files in file systems Btrfs.
Of course, too many drivers have been updated, and new ones have been added. The Linux 5.0 kernel will be available for download shortly from kernel.org. We will see it very soon and in Cutting edge distributions like Arch Linux.