What's new in Linux 3.5
After two months of development, Linus Torvalds and his fellow developers have completed and now released Linux 3.5. The Prime infrastructure and Uprobes are only two of several new features that will make a difference to home PC users as well as professional system administrators.
Various graphics drivers in the kernel now support the Prime framework. The framework is designed to improve the support of graphics hardware that can be added at runtime – such as DisplayLink monitors and the hybrid graphics technologies that can mainly be found in notebook computers. The X Server's Prime support, which was recently integrated as a preview into X Server 1.13, is said to be based on the new kernel features; version 1.13 of X Server is due to be released in September. As a result, various distributions that are due out in the autumn will probably offer improved support for USB monitors and hybrid graphics solutions such as NVIDIA's Optimus; the developers have further hybrid graphics improvements on their to-do list.