“Welcome, Kleptomaniac Octopus” – Linux 5.5 Lands, with Improved Hardware Support


Linux Torvalds has released the first stable Linux kernel update of 2020, Linux 5.5 and it’s on schedule despite the worries that downtime over the holidays would have an impact on its release.

The Linux 5.5 kernel update (dubbed “Kleptomaniac Octopus”) brings a host of performance tweaks as well as support for devices like the Raspberry Pi 4 and Broadcom chip BCM2711.

Depending on your use of Linux the increasing support for Intel processor extensions for its x86-64 line could be of note, as the update includes Intel 5-level paging support as default. This has been done in preparation for

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