Linux Kernel 5.0 released with FreeSync support and more new features

Linux 5.0 development cycle started two months ago, during which seven Release Candidates were released for testing.

Linux Kernel has received a brand new update with many fancy features, some of which are anticipated for a long time.

For those new to Kernel, it is a piece of codes present at the lowest level of an operating system and deals with the system hardware. In terms of Linux, the Kernel is similar to Unix in nature.

Linux Kernel 5.0 New Features

In Linux Kernel 5.0, not only will you find new features but also various improvements, including FreeSync support that is expected to bring a lot of attention to this product. The most notable of these features are discussed below.

FreeSync Support

The key feature of this new version of Linux Kernel is support for AMD FreeSync technology, which was expected for quite some time now. It performs this function with the help of Mesa 19.0.

AMD FreeSync technology aims at providing a dynamic refresh rate and reducing tearing and stuttering, giving its users a smoother viewing experience.

Although this feature is quite remarkable, to say the least, not everyone will be able to make use of it. If you want to have a taste of this technology, you would need a FreeSync-enabled monitor and an AMD Radeon R5/R7/R9 200 or any of its successors.

One thing worth mentioning is that games based on the Vulkan API won’t be able to run with this FreeSync. However, this feature is relatively new, so it is rational to expect some further developments in the future.

Adiantum Data Encryption

Linux Kernel 5.0 comes with Adiantum Data Encryption as well. Users who care a lot about data security will find this feature to be extremely useful as it helps encrypt data.

More specifically, Adiantum is a substitute for Speck, which was developed by the NSA. Adiantum is perfect for low-end hardware and devices that want to have their data encrypted without taking much time.

Although it aims at operating systems such as Android Go, desktop users will also be able to benefit from it through native F2FS and EXT4 fscrypt support.

Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Support

With Linux Kernel 5.0, users can take advantage of their Raspberry Pi Touchscreen just by directly connecting it to the computer system. Making this possible is the ready-to-use Raspberry Pi Touchscreen driver that comes with this new version of Linux Kernel.

For those of you who don’t know about this touchscreen, it supports 10-finger touch and has 800×480 pixels resolution. It is also worth mentioning that you can get this device without spending loads of money.

Other Features

Although the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, claimed that the new version of Linux Kernel wouldn’t be that different from its predecessor, it is quite surprising to see that it has so much to offer. Apart from the features mentioned above, a few other ones have is listed below:

  • Logitech high-resolution scrolling
  • Btrfs swap file support
  • HiDPI/retina displays getting new console font

Linux Kernel 5.0 keeps up with the recent developments in technology as it supports hardware including (but not limited to):

  • NVIDIA Turing GPUs
  • NVIDIA Xavier display
  • RDA Micro RDA8810PL
  • Intel Icelake Gen11 Graphics

It is expected that Ubuntu 19.04 will be based on this new version of the Linux Kernel. If there’s a feature in this article that you cannot afford to wait for, you can get Linux Kernel 5.0 from this link. However, you would have to know how to install it.

Zohaib Ahsan
Hi! I'm Zohaib Ahsan, contributor to FOSS Linux. I'm studying computer science, I’ve learned a thing or two about operating systems that are based on Linux. This has made me join FOSS Linux where I can share what I have learned with the rest of the world. Not to mention — some major tea is going to be spilled as well — as I share with you the latest developments in the world of Linux.


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