A brand new Long Term Support release is out now with the Linux Kernel 5.10, the very beating heart of the whole Linux system which brings plenty of new features and hardware support.
With it being a new LTS, it's going to get updates and bug fixes for a much longer time than usual providing a good solid base for at least two years for Linux distributions. Apart from that, here's some of the bigger changes:
- Ext4 fast commit support, for faster metadata performance
- Nintendo Switch controller support for both Joy-Cons and Pro controllers
- Support for the Mayflash Sega Saturn Adaptor
- Sound Blaster AE-7 is now supported
- XFS file system now won't crash and burn in the year 2038
- Raspberry Pi VC4 support pulled in
- Thunderbolt/USB4 supported on Intel Tiger Lake-H
- Working headphones with the ASUS TM420
- Thinkpad P1 Gen 3 and Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 3 get a working Headset Button
- More work done for new upcoming Intel chipsets for Rocket Lake and Alder Lake
- The k10temp temperature sensor driver now supports AMD Zen3 CPUs
- The Panfrost driver for Mali GPUs now officially supports the Bifrost generation
- + a whole lot more
For a full rundown check out Kernel Newbies article.
In the announcement, Torvalds mentions about being more strict over the Kernel 5.11 development cycle due to the holidays coming up so ideally they only want what is actually ready to be pulled in. Fair enough at this time of year, there will be far less people around with time to spare for feedback on patches.
Upgrading will depend on your distribution. Ubuntu gets major Kernel upgrades through new releases of the distribution along with HWE (Hardware Enablement) for LTS releases, while others like Arch will gradually pull them in for you to switch.