the first major update of 2021 arrives loaded with news

This Sunday, February 14, Sam goes lentin day, Linus Torvalds announced the official launch of the Linux kernel 5.11, the first major update of the year after the release of the LTS version last December.

Linux 5.11 comes with several important news at the level of software and support for new hardware, among which the support for Wi-Fi 6E, NVIDIA RTX Ampere GPUs, Intel Iris Xe graphics and more.

A Valentine edition kernel

Torvalds (who seems to have a heart after all), christened this version "Valentine's Day Edition" and included the name in the code of the latest changes. The kernel is already available at, but obviously whoever downloads the tarball will have to compile it themselves.

Unless you need support for some specific hardware that has only arrived with this version, the recommendation is to stick with version 5.10 which is extended support and wait for the backport of the changes in Linux 5.11.

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Among the list of most important news we can highlight:

  • Graphics support NVIDIA RTX 30 "Ampere" through the Nouveau driver. Support is currently limited and you cannot take advantage of hardware acceleration.

  • Discrete line GPU support Intel Iris XE.

  • Support for Intel Platform Monitoring Technology o PMT, the hardware telemetry reporting tool designed to be used internally within organizations and data centers to monitor performance and collect data from your hardware.

  • Support for Intel SGX, a hardware-based isolation and memory encryption standard that increases the security of application code and data by protecting it from disclosure and modification.

  • Improved performance for chips AMD Zen 2 / Zen 3.

  • Support for AMD 'Van Gogh' APU, the rumored next-generation APUs.

  • Support for Wi-Fi 6E, the biggest update to the Wi-Fi standard in the last two decades. The 5.11 kernel adds support for the 6 GHz band with support for Wi-Fi 6E chips from manufacturers such as Intel, MediaTek, and Qualcomm.

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