Linux Kernel 5.13 Released

Linus Torvalds has released Linux kernel 5.13 after seven release candidates. According to Torvalds, “5.13 overall is actually fairly large. In fact, it's one of the bigger 5.x releases, with over 16k commits (over 17k if you count merges), from over 2k developers. But it's a "big all over" kind of thing, not something particular that stands out as particularly unusual.”

Despite this modest announcement, however, the new kernel version does include significant changes. As 9to5Mac notes, “the new 5.13 kernel adds support for several chips based on the ARM architecture — including the Apple M1. This means that users will be able to run Linux natively on the new M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac.”

According to, noteworthy features in this release include the “misc group controller, multiple sources for trusted keys, kernel stack randomization on every system call, support for Clang control-flow integrity enforcement,” and more.