Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Tales from Linux Kernel 3.11 Development

Filed under
Linux

Linus torvalds announced the release of the 3.11-rc1 kernel, noting that it had been two weeks and “the merge window [period of time early in a release cycle during which disruptive kernel changes are permitted] has closed”.

According to Linus, “[this] merge window was smaller in terms of number of commits than the 3.10 merge window, but we actually have more new lines [of code]. Most of that seems to be in staging [a part of the kernel for new driver code] – a full third of all changes by line-count is staging, and merging in Lustre is the bulk of that”. This was followed by an RC2 that added “unnamed temporary files” (O_TMPFILE) – we’ll write about this in a later issue – and (a late change) new handling for backlights on systems designed to run Windows 8. Those systems are intended not to use direct ACPI method calls to control the backlight but instead directly drive the backlight control in the graphics driver.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

Linux Graphics

  • LibRetro's Vulkan PlayStation PSX Renderer Released
    A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available. For those wanting to relive some PlayStation One games this week or just looking for a new test case for Vulkan drivers, the Vulkan renderer for the LibRetro Beetle/Mednafen PSX emulator is now available, months after the LibRetro folks made a Vulkan renderer for the Nintendo 64 emulator.
  • Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10
    The Etnaviv DRM-Next pull request is not nearly as exciting as MSM getting Adreno 500 series support, a lot of Intel changes, or the numerous AMDGPU changes, but it's not bad either for a community-driven, reverse-engineered DRM driver for the Vivante graphics cores.
  • Mesa 12.0.4 Being Prepped For Ubuntu 16.10/16.04
    Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported. Mesa 12.0.4 is exciting for dozens of bug fixes, including the work to offer better RadeonSI performance. But with Mesa 12.0.4 you don't have the RADV Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.5, or the other exciting Mesa 13 work.

Games for GNU/Linux

Mageia 5.1 Released, Tumbleweed's Latest, Most Secure

The Mageia project today announced the release of stopgap version 5.1, an updated "respin" of 5.0 and all updates. The Daily Dot posted their picks for the most sure operating systems and the Hectic Geek is "quite pleased" with Fedora 25. Matthew Garrett chimed in on Ubuntu unofficial images and Dedoimedo reviewed Fedora-based Chapeau 24. Read more