Linus Torvalds announced Kernel 5.4 release

The highly anticipated Linux kernel 5.4 release date is officially announced by Linus Torvalds.

This release, which is also the next LTS candidate, will have some interesting features as all the mitigations for the latest Intel vulnerabilities, both on the CPU side (iTLB Multihit and TSX Async Abort (TAA)) and on the GPU side (GPU hang and invalid accesses), the removal of the vboxsf file system, which will make a comeback in Linux kernel 5.5, as well as the usual bug fixes on core networking, KVM, VFS, and VM.

Last week, Linus Torvalds was considering if there’s need for an eighth Release Candidate (RC) for the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is only needed on very busy development cycles, but while things were calm he still released the RC8 milestone just to make sure everything is in place and working out-of-the-box because more testing never hurts.

“I’m not entirely sure we need an rc8 because last week was pretty calm despite the Intel hw workarounds landing. So I considered just making a final 5.4 and be done with it, but decided that there’s no real downside to just doing the rc8 after having a release cycle that took a while to calm down,” said Linus Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

Linux kernel 5.4 will be released on November 24th and will hit the Arch repo within a matter of days after that date.

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