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    Phoronix: Linux 5.9 Released With Initial AMD RDNA 2 GPU Enablement, Other New Hardware Support

    Linus Torvalds has just released Linux 5.9 as stable...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...x-5.9-Released

  • #2
    Blimey. You put this out before kernel.org did.

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    • #3
      A good changelog is here: https://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_5.9

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      • #4
        Just in case - usb_modeswitch could be broken for your modem on 5.9: https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=209469
        Don't be surprised if it's won't work.

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        • #5
          is the first .1 hot fix / regression patch out yet so we can start installing it? ;-)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rene View Post
            is the first .1 hot fix / regression patch out yet so we can start installing it? ;-)
            I'm a .2 or .3 man myself. Never rc to .1 unless there is something badass AMDGPU coming.

            That said, being a ZoL user has changed that up so nowadays I limit myself to what kernels they support and don't always stay 10ft back from the edge.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by skeevy420 View Post

              I'm a .2 or .3 man myself. Never rc to .1 unless there is something badass AMDGPU coming.

              That said, being a ZoL user has changed that up so nowadays I limit myself to what kernels they support and don't always stay 10ft back from the edge.
              Funny how "Linux is the throatiest, and 1000 eyes reviewed" became: "never rc to .1", ...? While I would not based my stuff on out-of-tree stuff either.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rene View Post

                Funny how "Linux is the throatiest, and 1000 eyes reviewed" became: "never rc to .1", ...? While I would not based my stuff on out-of-tree stuff either.
                I've been hit by enough random crap in the past that I just like to play it safe. Like, I always keep multiple working kernels installed; guaranteed to have the current stable and LTS. That way if something sneaks its way into the current stable kernel I can reboot into the LTS kernel and go on like nothing happened; at worst losing 1 or 2 FPS due to using an older graphics driver.

                IMHO, it seems like not enough people run RC kernels these days so the first couple of point releases are like public betas where the remaining kinks get worked out and somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd point release is where they start be more reliable for everyone.

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                • #9
                  The link in the article "Linux 5.9 feature overview" doesn't really provide an overview.

                  A quick search on Phoronix itself however provides this: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...inent-Features and makes for a better overview. Another link providing an overview is: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ux-59-features

                  On the side, my personal favourite is the support of ZSTD compression of the kernel and initramdisk.
                  Last edited by sdack; 10-12-2020, 10:47 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Can we expect an upcoming regression test? I'm sticking to v5.8 until then.

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