Linux Lite was once again the first release to upgrade the Linux Kernel 5.4 development branch. After Linus Torvalds announced the official version of 5.4 on November 24, Jerry Bezencon, the developer and founder of Linux Lite, was quick to turn to all of its yet-to-be-supported Linux Lite provides a 5.4 kernel and distributes it to users through an official software repository.
In all of the still supported releases of Linux Lite 4.x and 3.x, users can install the official version of Linux Kernel 5.4 through the official software repository. This is done by opening the “Lite Tweaks” utility through the “Application” menu, then selecting the Kernel Installer feature, or by running “sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install” linux-headers-linuxlite-5.4.0 linux-image-linuxlite-22.214.171.124 -y” command performs updates.
However, before attempting to install Linux kernel 5.4, keep in mind that only users who need to support some hardware components that do not function properly or are completely unable to use the previous Version of the Linux kernel are recommended. In addition, you may need to reinstall any third-party kernel modules and reboot your computer after installation.
“If you use proprietary drivers, the kernel can break the functionality of those drivers,” says Jerry Bezencon. If you have a proprietary driver installed and you still decide to proceed with this kernel installation, you should have the ability to repair the driver. If not, do not install the kernel. “
Among the many new features introduced in Linux 5.4, the most noteworthy is the initial support for the Microsoft exFAT file system, which allows users to get the out-of-the-the-box experience when connecting exFAT-format disks.
Another major improvement in Linux Kernel 5.4 is the Kernel Lock down feature, which restricts access to the kernel for certain applications by deploying in the Linux Security Module module. 5.4 A new layer of protection has been added to enable it to run the software as intended by its creator, thereby preventing malicious actors.
In addition, Linux 5.4 adds support for AMD Radeon Navi 12/14 GPU, AMD Radeon Arcturus GPU, and AMD Dali APU. In addition, the AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs are supported by temperature reporting, and the AMD EPYC microprocessor now improves load balancing.
Other notable features include support for the Intel Tiger Lake CPU, support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, and support for Intel Lightning Mountain SoC. In addition, an application memory management mechanism called virtio-fs was introduced on Android, which is a high-performance virtio driver that shares files between hosts and guests There are also fs-verity for detecting whether a file has been tampered with and dm-clone for Live clone block devices.