Linux Kernel 5.3-rc2 released

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A second release-candidate for the upcoming Linux Kernel 5.3 is now available. There's a lot of smaller fixes in the various sub-systems. Nothing major stands out apart from a large amount of amdgpu fixes. 5.3 is the first kernel with support for AMDs new Navi GPUs so some ironing out in that area during the release candidate cycle is to be expected.


Linus Torvalds had this to say about the release:

"Hmm. I reasonably large rc2 to go with a fairly large merge window.

There are fixes all over, I don't think there's much of a pattern here. The three areas that do stand out are Documentation (more rst conversions), arch updates (mainly because of the netx arm platform removal) and misc driver fixes (gpu, iommu, net, nvdimm, sound ..).

But there's a smattering of fixes all over (core kernel, netfilter, filesystems, you name it). I don't think anything stands out as particularly damning.

Shortlog appended for people who want to get an overview of the details."

Linux Torvalds on the LKML July 28th, 2019

The major changes to Linux Kernel 5.3 were merged in the first release candidate following the kernel merge window. The rest of the release candidates are usually filled with a lot of smaller bug-fixes.

This new release candidate can, as always, be acquired from and a summary of all the smaller changes can be found at v5.3-rc2/v5.3-rc1.

published 2019-07-28last edited 2019-07-28

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