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Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has urged developers to “crawl out from under all the xmas wrapping paper piles and go test” after releasing release candidate two of version 5.11 of the Linux kernel.” You read that right: Torvalds is already up to rc2, having released rc1 on December 27th, 2020. On that not-very-busy-for-most- …

  1. jake Silver badge

    In other Linux news ...

    Slackware-current now features LTS kernel 5.10.x ... I've been beating on this release on several test boxen since Dec 20th, and so far, so good. It just seems to work, with no headaches. As is usual for Slackware.

    Along with the latest LTS kernel, i has the latest KDE & Plasma (and/or XFCE if you prefer), along with the usual up to date bells and whistles.

    Still no Wayland (optional, though) or systemd-cancer, for you purists.

    Worth a look. Enjoy.

  2. Myself

    Xen or Zen?

    Looks like a typo on the CPU side, although the hypervisor is right.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Guitar Hero controller driver?

    Wahay! Although you have to wonder how much of the Linux source tree is now this sort of bloat. Sure, it can be built as a loadable module, but does it really need to be in-tree?

    1. jetjet

      Re: Guitar Hero controller driver?

      How many kilobytes you think it takes. HP printer drivers are hundreds of megabytes, but nobody bothers to uninstall them.

    2. needmorehare
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      Yes

      Linux is a fantastic beast that's ugly on the outside but pretty on the inside.

      It doesn't have stable in-kernel APIs so everything that wants to work long-term is best off going in the mainline tree. The upshot is that core functionality can be enhanced really easily but the down side is that everything needs to be in the tree or else it only takes a Find & Replace or two before your out-of-tree driver stops working.

      Go compile KQEMU or a much older version of the NVIDIA kernel modules and see how many errors you get. Heck, try a 1 year old version of VMWare Workstation on the latest kernel version for fun without community patches ;-)

  4. Tom 7 Silver badge

    AMD GPU header files

    lead to loss of an audio channel?

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