Linux 5.19 Finally Removes Obsolete x86 a.out Support
With the prior kernel cycle (Linux 5.18), a.out support was no longer being built for m68k and Alpha while now for v5.19 it's the milestone of clearing out the x86 a.out code.
Back in March I reported that it was expected with preparing to remove the 32-bit a.out support while it missed v5.18 is ready to go for this new kernel cycle. This executable / object code / shared library file format was used prior to the dominance of ELF but has no real use in the modern world. This is unrelated to many compilers naming executables as "a.out" if no output name is given, as with modern compilers those are still in ELF format rather than the a.out format itself. The x86 a.out support has been deprecated since Linux 5.1 and no one complained about losing support for these old binaries with ELF long being superior and more widely used.
With the x86/cleanups for Linux 5.19 is the removal of the x86 a.out support.