Linus Torvalds announced that Linux Kernel 5.13 is released. According to his announcement, it is one of the bigger 5.x releases that includes over 17,000 commits with merges from more than 2,000 developers. The most significant feature of the release is Apple M1 processors support. The latest release can be downloaded from its official website.
Apple M1 processors support
Linux Kernel 5.13 comes with the initial support for the Apple M1 chips. However, it is still in its early stages and expected to be developed even further in the following releases. It also shows us Linux’s objective to run Linux on Apple hardware. The new Kernel also comes with Landlock security module, which was being developed for a while. It allows unprivileged application sandboxing and can be used with other security modules to control what can be accessed or not by running processes. Linus Torvalds, Developer of Linux Kernel said,
“5.13 overall is actually fairly large. In fact, it’s one of the bigger 5.x releases, with over 16k commits (over 17k if you count merges), from over 2kdevelopers. But it’s a “big all over” kind of thing, not something particular that stands out as particularly unusual. Some of the extra size might just be because 5.12 had that extra rc week.
And with 5.13 out the door, that obviously means that the merge window for 5.14 will be starting tomorrow. I already have a few pull requests for it pending, but as usual, I’d ask people to give the final 5.13 at least a quick test before moving on to the exciting new pending stuff…”