GNU Linux-Libre 5.11 Kernel Is Out for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs

GNU Linux-Libre 5.10


Alexandre Oliva announced today the release and general availability of the GNU Linux-Libre 5.11 kernel for those who seek 100% freedom for their personal computers.

Based on the recently released Linux 5.11 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 5.11 kernel is now available for the GNU/Linux community seeking 100% freedom for their PCs with deblobbed drivers, but featuring the same new features and improvements as the upstream kernel release.

These include support for AMD “Van Gogh” and “Dimgrey Cavefish” GPUs in the AMDGPU driver, support for Intel SGX (Software Guard Extensions), support for task-local storage in the BPF subsystem, suspend-to-idle support in user-mode, as well as a new “big block” mode in the virtio-mem mechanism.

Linux kernel 5.11 also adds support for contiguous memory allocator in the RISC-V architecture, a new system-call interception mechanism, a new virtual bus for multi-function devices, and new mount options in the Btrfs file system to assist you in recovering data from a corrupted disk or partition formatted with Btrfs.

The GNU Linux-libre 5.11 kernel cleans up the ath11k_pci, ccs/smia++ sensor, lt9611uxc dsi/hdmi bridge, mhi bus pci controller, qat_4xxx crypto, and nxp audio transceiver drivers, and adjusts the code for cleaning up the WiMAX drivers, which were moved in the tree.

Moreover, it deblobbs the idt82p33 PTP clock, Qualcomm arm64, and wakeup m3 rproc drivers, and adds new blob versions for the AMDHPU, btqca, btrtl, btusb, and i915 csr drivers.

Without further ado, if you’re looking to build a 100% free personal computer that doesn’t run any proprietary software or divers, you can download the GNU Linux-Libre 5.11 kernel right now from the official website. The GNU Linux-libre kernel is compatible with all GNU/Linux distributions and the GNU Operating System.

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