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Linux 6.5 release

May 28, 2023

Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of Linux 6.5 on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML):

So nothing particularly odd or scary happened this last week, so there is no excuse to delay the 6.5 release.

I still have this nagging feeling that a lot of people are on vacation and that things have been quiet partly due to that. But this release has been going smoothly, so that’s probably just me being paranoid. The biggest patches this last week were literally just to our selftests.

The shortlog below is obviously not the 6.5 release log, it’s purely just the last week since rc7.

Anyway, this obviously means that the merge window for 6.6 starts tomorrow. I already have ~20 pull requests pending and ready to go, but before we start the next merge frenzy, please give this final release one last round of testing, ok?


The earlier Linux 6.4 release was outed about 2 months ago bringing us x86 linear address masking, support for Apple M2 Arm SoC, new ptrace() operations, the ability for unprivileged processes to poll for pressure-stall information, a detailed tutorial explaining how to build a trimmed kernel, among many other changes.

Some notable changes and updates made to the Linux 6.5 kernel include:

Let’s now go into details about some of the changes made to the Arm architecture:

There’s also been some work done on the RISC-V architecture:

There were still a few commits for the MIPS architecture in Linux 6.5:

A complete Linux 6.5 changelog with commit messages only is also available, generated with the command git log v6.4..v6.5 --stat. More details should soon become available on the KernelNewbies website.

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