"Linux 5.0, the first major milestone release of the open-source Linux kernel in 2019, launched on March 3,"
Sean Michael Kerner
"Linux 5.0 is the first version of the kernel since April 2015, when Linux 4.0 was released, with a major new version number. That said, Linux creator Linus Torvalds really doesn't assign a specific significance to new major version numbers, but rather the incremental number adjustment is somewhat arbitrary.
'The numbering change is not indicative of anything special,' Torvalds wrote in Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) message. 'If you want to have an official reason, it's that I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so 4.21 became 5.0'..."
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