Linux 5.16: A Christmas Present With Impressive Improvements

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After stable Linux 5.15, they are now focusing on the future version that could arrive as a Christmas present. The Linux kernel 5.16 It will be a great step forward, and it would come loaded with improvements and news. One of those special versions that could give a lot to talk about. Here you can see all those improvements:

  • Linux syscall enhancements to help gamers run Windows games on Linux with WINE or Proton.
  • DisplayPort 2.0 for AMDGPU driver.
  • AMDGPU's PSR (Panel Self Refresh) will be enabled by default.
  • Cyan Skillfish support for AMD Navi 1x APU.
  • AMDGPU USB4 DisplayPort tunneling added.
  • NVDEC support for NVIDIA Tegra.
  • Support for Intel PXP encryption.
  • Code for Intel Alder Lake S integrated GPUs and other enhancements to them.
  • Improvements also for Steam Deck.
  • More extensible VirtIO GPU controller.
  • Preparation for future notebooks with NVIDIA EC-driver.
  • I / O optimizations for Linux 5.16.
  • Introduction of the Realtek RTX89 802.11ax (WiFi 6) WiFi Controller.
  • Vortex86 processor detection.
  • Support for the new 2021 Apple Magic Keyboard.
  • PCIe Driver for Apple Silicon (M1).
  • DMA-BUF peer to peer support for the Habana Labs AI driver.
  • Firmware and battery charging improvements on System76 laptops.
  • Better support for HP OMEN laptops.
  • Improvements in sensor support for ASUS motherboards.
  • Linux 5.16 will also bring a latency improvement for USB audio.
  • RISC-V hypervisor supported for KVM.
  • AMD Linux Audio Dirvers.
  • AMD PSF bit disabled for KVM guests.
  • Update to improve performance with MGLRU (Multigenerational LRU), which has to do with the handling of memory pages.
  • Performance gains also thanks to Zstd tweaks (lossless compression)
  • Improvements in the Retpoline (return trampoline) code.
  • In Linux 5.16 we will also see early preparation for FGKASLR support, which will improve kernel security.

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