Greg Kroah-Hartman, a well-known Linux kernel developer, announced today that the first release of the Linux 5.4 Series kernel (5.4.1) is now officially available and ready for large-scale deployment. On November 24, Linus Torvalds announced that users will be able to install the latest and safest Linux 5.4 kernel series branch on their favorite distribution, introducing long-awaited support for Microsoft’s exFAT file system, a much-anticipated new “lockdown” security feature, and many hardware improvements.
(From: Kernel.org, via Softdia)
At the same time, Linux Kernel 5.4 brings memory management improvements for Android applications. This is a new high-performance virtio driver called virtio-fs that can be used to share files between hosts and guests.
There are also dm-clone (for real-time clone block devices), fs-verity security features (detectable file tampering), and many improvements to AMD GPUs and APUs.
Currently, the Linux 5.4 kernel family is ready for large-scale deployment, and the first stable version (5.4.1) is available for download on the Kernel.org website.
This means that GNU/Linux OS vendors can start packaging the Linux 5.4 kernel into their latest Linux distributions and push it into the repository for end-user use.
It is important to note that Linux Kernel 5.4.1 is a maintenance update that changed a total of 69 files, including 1090 inserts and 472 removals. You can go to Github to browse the code for Linux Kernel 5.4.1.
Officially, users are advised to update to the latest stable version as soon as possible, and experienced Linux users can immediately go to Kernel.org download and compile in their favorite GNU/Linux distributions.