Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS comes with new kernel file system and storage improvements.Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS update, the latest Long Term Support release, has been released. Kernel developers plan to keep Linux 5.10 version by 2026. Note that the support is 1 year longer compared to Linux 5.4 LTS.
The update offers numerous changes, both big and small. It is underlined that all of these are designed to make the Linux kernel run better, faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS Innovations and Changes
As always, it comes with new core file system and storage improvements. This kernel upgrade is moving directly to a new iomap engine for I / O operations, as well as providing significant performance improvements in Btrfs fsync () operations. In addition, EXT4 fast save support provides a great increase in write performance and optimized file overwriting in DAX / DIO modes. Timestamps on the XFS file system will now run until 2468 instead of 2038 at the earliest.
Hardware monitoring support for AMD Zen 3 processors is also available in Linux 5.10, as is the main kernel support for Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone. Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 will also be able to work right out of the box.
Matias wireless aluminum keyboard will be able to work with OOTB in this update. Support for upcoming USB 4 features is also maturing. Meanwhile, the Lenovo X1 tablet trackpoint and buttons have multi-touch support. Linux 5.10 can support Nintendo Switch Joy Cons and Pro controller. The controllers will be able to operate in both Bluetooth and wired USB mode under Linux. It can also support the Sega Saturn controller when connected via a USB adapter.
Linux 5.10 enables MIPS processors to boot into zstd-compressed kernels and provides RISC-V boot systems with EFI firmware. Linux 5.10 also has faster hibernation and resume functionality due to batch processing of I / O requests.