It was a race to be first and Nitrix Linux has won the prize, as the first Linux distribution to ship with the latest kernel release 5.13. The one caveat to this is that the distribution doesn’t default to the newest kernel, but rather the latest Long Term Support (LTS) kernel, which is 5.4.128. Users who want to, after initial installation, upgrade to the 5.13 kernel can do so with the built-in package manager and install the linux-image-mainline-current kernel.
Users can also opt to install the Liquorix, Xanmod, Xanmod Cacule, Libre LTS, or Libre Current kernels.
Nitrix also ships with KDE Plasma 5.22 along with the KDE Gear 21.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.83 software suites.
Other additions to the newly released iteration of Nitrix include updated Latte Dock layouts (which includes the new Floating Dock option), Firefox 89.0.2, LibreOffice 7.1.4, Heroic Games 1.7.2, Pacstall 1.4, 10 new wallpapers (that were taken at the 2015 KDE meeting in Randa, Switzerland), and more.
For those interested in trying Nitrix out, the developers have added two virtual appliances to run as a virtual machine. To download an ISO of Nitrix 1.5, point your browser to this official download link.