The second weekly release candidate is now available for Linux 5.13.
Linus Torvalds wrote in the brief Advert 5.13-rc2, “Things look pretty normal: rc2 tends to be pretty quiet when people start to find issues, and while 5.13 seems like a pretty big release overall, the changes in rc2 are slightly below average. But it’s good in the noise. The fixes here are everywhere – drivers, arch updates, documentation, tooling .. Nothing particularly stands out, although a fix for some VGA text mode font size issues is funny (as in “strange “, not” funny ha-ha “) just because so few people probably use the extended SVGA text modes anymore. It is also not a recent breakage.”
Details on this “strange” font issue in VGA text mode are resolved via this fusion, “ These have been verified with real VGA hardware (a Trident TVGA8900 ISA video card) using various combinations of `svgatextmode ‘and` setfont’ command invocations to change both the VT size and the font size. , and also switch between the text console and X11, both by starting / stopping the X server and switching between VTs. This is all to ensure that the behavior of the VGA Text Console returns to functioning properly as it did previously with Linux 2.6.18.”
One new item worth mentioning in Linux 5.13-rc2 is a restructuring of the AMD SEV code in preparation for work on SEV-SNP features to come in a future merge window.
Check out our Linux 5.13 feature overview for the long list of new features and enhancements in this kernel release.