AMD users should immediately switch to the latest Linux 5.11 kernel

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The latest release of the Linux (opens in new tab) kernel features some impressive performance enhancements for AMD hardware (opens in new tab)

Released over the valentine’s day weekend, Linux kernel 5.11 (opens in new tab) fixed a major performance regression that impacted the AMD Zen (opens in new tab) architecture. Thanks to the fix, Zen-based processors such as Ryzen (opens in new tab) and EPYC (opens in new tab) have been benchmarked as being faster out of the box than on previous kernels. Also debuting in the release is support for AMD “Van Gogh” and “Dimgrey Cavefish” GPUs.

The semiconductor company has recently put out a number of Linux-related job postings (opens in new tab), and the improvements to AMD hardware in the latest release is further evidence that the chip giant is actively working to improve support for its hardware on Linux. 

Other changes

Apart from AMD-related improvements, the latest release also features lots of enhancements related to Intel hardware. 

Some of the highlights are support for the set of security-related instruction code known as Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) and the Intel Integer Scaling (IS) graphics support that is particularly useful for pixel art games.

There’s also support for wireless routers (opens in new tab) that feature Intel WiFi 6GHz Band (WiFi 6E (opens in new tab)). At the same time, Intel WiMax support has been demoted and is destined to the same fate as the recently orphaned Itanium support (opens in new tab).

As usual there are several other tweaks and enhancements for everything from file system improvements to bug fixes in the Xen hypervisor (opens in new tab)

You can download the release and compile it yourself or wait for it to make its way into the official repositories of the major distros soon. 

Via: Phoronix (opens in new tab)

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.