Kernel Upgrades

     The reason that there have been no kernel upgrades for the last two weeks or this week is that 5.12.x has reached the point where it has been stable on our platform and I’ve been monitoring the progress and have not seen any changes that fix bugs that impact us, provide security improvements, or provide performance improvements.

     I do not anticipate going to 5.13 kernels because they don’t offer anything new that is of any benefit here.  5.14 when it reaches stable, we will try because they are replacing the E1000 Ethernet driver with a new copyless driver that will provide more efficient network I/O and hopefully also address the hardware offloading bug with this chip.  I do not expect this until sometime in August.