Linux 5.6-rc1 Released For What's Shaping To Be A Superb Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 9 February 2020 at 08:11 PM EST. 12 Comments
Linus Torvalds has just tagged Linux 5.6-rc1 as the first test kernel of the forthcoming Linux 5.6. This is going to be a jam-packed big update debuting as stable at the end of March or early April.

Linux 5.6 has a bit of everything across the spectrum from WireGuard to USB4 to a lot of new hardware support to the new Zonefs file-system to security enhancements and a whole lot in between. See our original and extensive Linux 5.6 feature overview to learn all about what is coming with this new kernel.

Though on a commit count basis, Linux 5.6-rc1 is on a smaller side: basically the commits being more meaningful/impactful this time around, it seems. His brief release commentary can be found via

Onward to firing up Linux 5.6-rc1 kernel benchmarks.
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