On May 5, Linus Torvalds released the first major update to the fifth version of the Linux kernel. Even with the Easter holidays halfway there, the one that we could call the father of all operating systems that use or could use the penguin as a pet did everything necessary to meet the established deadlines. A week later, without having released a trial version, Linux 5.1.1 is now available, the first maintenance update for the 5.1 series.
Unlike v5.1, who will be in charge of launching the maintenance or "point" versions of the aforementioned version will be Greg Kroah-Hartman and it was he who yesterday broke the news of the Linux 5.1.1 release. Kroah-Hartman will keep the kernel until the end of its life cycle and what it released is listed as stable on The Linux Kernel Archives, but that label of "stable" is not so, but is considered as "in development". The version considered 100% stable (mainline) is v5.1 and the release of v5.1.1 means that the "mainline" version, that is, Linux 5.1 can now be included in any version of Linux.
Linux 5.1 can now be included in any distribution
Kroah-Hartman recommends updating to any user who is using v5.1. Taking into account that the vast majority of you will have done it manually or with a tool like the famous Ukuu, this should not be a problem for you. The few operating systems that already came out with v5.1 will be able to update like with any other package as soon as the developers upload the new version
In total, the latest version of the Linux kernel arrives with 715 additions and 536 deletions, all spread over a total of 36 files. As we have mentioned, it is a maintenance version, so its installation is recommended because it will solve the small problems that have been found in Linux 5.1.