Linux Kernel 6.9 Officially Released

“6.9 is now out,” Linus Torvalds posted on the Linux kernel mailing list, “and last week has looked quite stable (and the whole release has felt pretty normal).”

Phoronix writes that Linux 6.9 “has a number of exciting features and improvements for those habitually updating to the newest version.” And Slashdot reader prisoninmate shared this report from 9to5Linux:

Highlights of Linux kernel 6.9 include Rust support on AArch64 (ARM64) architectures, support for the Intel FRED (Flexible Return and Event Delivery) mechanism for improved low-level event delivery, support for AMD SNP (Secure Nested Paging) guests, and a new dm-vdo (virtual data optimizer) target in device mapper for inline deduplication, compression, zero-block elimination, and thin provisioning.

Linux kernel 6.9 also supports the Named Address Spaces feature in GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) that allows the compiler to better optimize per-CPU data access, adds initial support for FUSE passthrough to allow the kernel to serve files from a user-space FUSE server directly, adds support for the Energy Model to be updated dynamically at run time, and introduces a new LPA2 mode for ARM 64-bit processors…

Linux kernel 6.9 will be a short-lived branch supported for only a couple of months. It will be succeeded by Linux kernel 6.10, whose merge window has now been officially opened by Linus Torvalds. Linux kernel 6.10 is expected to be released in mid or late September 2024.

“Rust language has been updated to version 1.76.0 in Linux 6.9,” according to the article. And Linus Torvalds shared one more details on the Linux kernel mailing list.

“I now have a more powerful arm64 machine (thanks to Ampere), so the last week I’ve been doing almost as many arm64 builds as I have x86-64, and that should obviously continue during the upcoming merge window too.”

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