Linux Kernel 5.13 Released with Initial Apple M1 Support

Linux Kernel 5.13 was released on Sunday with exciting new features.

Linus Torvalds announced Kernel 5.13 as the latest mainline release. It comes with the initial and early support for Apple M1 chip. However, the accelerated graphics and more refined support is still being worked on. Which means, you can’t expect everything to just work until further improvements merged in next Kernel releases.

Other changes in Kernel 5.13 include:

  • New ‘Landlock‘ security module
  • Initial graphics support for Alder Lake S
  • AMDGPU FreeSync HDMI support
  • Touchpad and keyboard support for newer Microsoft Surface laptops.
  • Initial support for the AMD Aldebaran accelerator hardware.
  • Realtek RTL8156 and RTL8153D support.
  • Amazon’s Luna game controller support.
  • And much more.

How to get Linux 5.13:

For the source tarball, you can always get it from the Linux Kernel Archives:

For Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint users, the mainline Kernel PPA offers .deb binary packages for amd64, arm64, armhf, ppc64el, and s390x. However, the 5.13 packages are ‘incorrectly’ built with libc6 2.33 required. Which means, you need Ubuntu 21.04 and higher to meet the dependencies.

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