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  • Rust For Linux Kernel Patches Revised With Upgraded Rust Toolchain, Build Improvements

    Miguel Ojeda has published his third iteration of the patches implementing the basic infrastructure for supporting the Rust programming language within the Linux kernel.

    Back in December were the v2 patches and now just over one month layer the version 3 patches are ready for testing.

    The updated Rust for Linux kernel code now moves to Rust 1.58 as the compiler version targeted, automatic detection whether a suitable Rust toolchain is available, other build system improvements, and improved documentation as well as other general code clean-ups and improvements.

  • Developer Steps Up Wanting To Maintain Linux's FBDEV Subsystem - Phoronix

    The Linux kernel's frame-buffer device "FBDEV" subsystem has thankfully been on the decline over the past number of years thanks to the success of the more useful DRM/KMS drivers and having FBDEV compatibility emulation support. While not actively maintained, the FBDEV subsystem and some drivers remain within the Linux kernel and are used with some interest primarily in some legacy/embedded environments. The subsystem was orphaned while now a Linux kernel developer has stepped up to serve as its maintainer.

  • Edge ISO available for Linux Mint 20.3

    This is a quick announcement to let you know an “Edge” ISO image is now available for Linux Mint 20.3.

    This image is made for people whose hardware is too new to boot the 5.4 LTS kernel included in Linux Mint 20.3. It ships with kernel 5.13.0-25 instead.

  • Install Linux Kernel 5.16 on Pop!_OS 20.04 - LinuxCapable

    Linux kernel 5.16 has many new features, support, and security. The Linux 5.16 kernel release has a great new feature, FUTEX2, or futex_watv(), which aims to improve the Linux gaming experience, growing considerably with better native Linux porting for Windows games utilizing Wine.

    Other improvements have seen write include improved write congestion management, task scheduler for CPU clusters sharing L2/L3 cache, amongst many other additions. More information can be found on the Linux 5.16 Kernel release changelog.

Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon (Edge) Edition now available

  • Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon (Edge) Edition now available for download

    When using a Linux-based operating system, you should always use the most recent kernel, right? Actually, no. While new kernels do add fixes and support for new hardware, they can also be less stable and cause bugs.

    Unfortunately, if you have extremely new hardware, sometimes you must use a newer kernel in order to boot, as older kernels do not yet support some of your devices. For instance, Linux Mint 20.3 "Una" was released recently and it comes with Linux kernel 5.4. If that older kernel does not support your computer, it may not boot.

    Thankfully, all is not lost. Today, the Linux Mint developers release an "Edge" version of the operating system. No, it doesn't come with Microsoft's Edge browser. The "Edge" moniker simply means it comes with a more modern kernel for those with very new hardware. You see, Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon (Edge) Edition comes with the much-newer kernel 5.13.

Linux Mint’s Brand New Edge ISO is Available to Download!

  • Linux Mint’s Brand New Edge ISO is Available to Download!

    Linux Mint 20.3 release brings in several improvements. However, it is powered by Linux Kernel 5.4 LTS.

    So, users with newer hardware may find it troublesome to boot or run into other incompatibility issues with an older Linux Kernel.

    Fortunately, Linux Mint 20.3 now has an Edge ISO featuring Linux Kernel 5.13.0-25.

Linux Mint Edge Is Ready for the Newest Hardware

  • Linux Mint Edge Is Ready for the Newest Hardware

    Linux Mint 20.3 is now widely available and ships with kernel 5.4. For anyone that uses the latest-gen hardware, that older kernel could be problematic. So, for those Mint users who do have hardware unsupported by the 5.4 kernel, there’s now an option.

    Linux Mint 20.3 Edge is a version of the distribution that ships with kernel 5.13.0-25, which means you’ll find more new hardware supported. By employing this new kernel, Edge adds support for Apple M1 (initial support), preliminary Intel Alder Lake S graphics, AMD GPU Freesync/Adaptive-Sync HDMI, AMD Alderbaran accelerator, generic USB display, Loongson 2K1000, preparations for Intel discrete graphics, and Intel DG1 Platform Monitoring Technology.

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