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    Phoronix: The 3.8 Kernel Is An Amazing Gift To Linux Users

    While we are just a few days into the Linux 3.8 kernel merge window and there's still a number of pull requests that have yet to appear for this next kernel development cycle with new features, there's already a ton of exciting work. If you missed the horde of Phoronix articles in the past few days covering the prominent features, here's a recap showing why this Linux kernel being developed over the holidays is a great gift for its users...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI1MzQ

  • #2
    AND, you lose power savings on Intel GPUs. You forgot about this... feature.

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    • #3
      Any word on whether the Nouveau reclocking support changes would get in?

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      • #4
        This is gonna be great!

        These are some really good improvements! I can't wait!

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        • #5
          Amazing gift?

          Amazing gift, you say?

          - Work towards true CPU hot-plug support.
          Does anyone use it actually?

          - Improved ACPI power management in the never-ending battle of improving the Linux power efficiency and performance-per-Watt.
          Not visible to naked eye.

          - A wide variety of XFS file-system changes.
          Does anyone use it actually?

          - Continued work on 64-bit ARMv8 / AArch64 support.
          Not for desktop.

          - Tons of staging driver changes.
          Not for most users.

          - Support has been dropped for the old i386 CPUs to reduce the complexity of the Linux kernel.
          Don't care.

          - DMA-BUF support in V4L2 so that Video 4 Linux 2 drivers may share buffers with their DRM graphics drivers in a zero-copy manner.
          ...and?

          - In certain workloads, the Linux kernel now goes through a lot less system memory.
          This one may be really beneficial. But again depends on use case.

          - Linux support for the Microsoft Windows 8 multi-touch protocol.
          Don't care.

          - Audio driver improvements, including new sound card drivers.
          If they cut on lag - awesome. If just new cards - don't care.

          - Performance improvements for cryptography on Linux.
          Don't care.

          - Support for the yet-to-be-released IBM POWER8 CPUs.
          Oh lols. Is anyone actually going to use them?

          - While the DRM pull request hasn't yet been submitted, there are Radeon performance improvements, various other Radeon changes, Exynos driver improvements, Intel/Nouveau changes, and much more.
          This one is interesting although most users stick to the official drivers.

          Is Linux 3.8 a net positive? Absolutely. Is it an amazing gift for the majority of Linux users? No.

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          • #6
            - Work towards true CPU hot-plug support.
            I wonder if it will be possible to turn off whole CPU, if not needed to save power (which don't do that yet anyway themselves). Will that notify and work with C-State and C-Groups etc.?

            - Improved ACPI power management in the never-ending battle of improving the Linux power efficiency and performance-per-Watt.
            Cool for any user

            - A wide variety of XFS file-system changes.
            I don't use it at the moment, but it is definately in many NAS drives and servers.

            - Continued work on 64-bit ARMv8 / AArch64 support.
            Don't have the hardware :/

            - Tons of staging driver changes.
            Don't have the hardware :/

            - Support has been dropped for the old i386 CPUs to reduce the complexity of the Linux kernel.
            There were quiet a lot of changes in the menu driven config anyway, what I really like is the option in 'Intel Support' and 'AMD Support' to kick out most of the options not needed. Will this also remove this, 'blabla for older systems'?

            - DMA-BUF support in V4L2 so that Video 4 Linux 2 drivers may share buffers with their DRM graphics drivers in a zero-copy manner.
            yay

            - In certain workloads, the Linux kernel now goes through a lot less system memory.
            I just make sure I have enough RAM

            - Linux support for the Microsoft Windows 8 multi-touch protocol.
            no care!

            - Audio driver improvements, including new sound card drivers.
            I want to see e.g. USB Logitech audio speaker supported properly. This is unfortunately not a kernel driver problem but alsa

            - Performance improvements for cryptography on Linux.
            Good again

            - Support for the yet-to-be-released IBM POWER8 CPUs.
            Don't have the hardware :/

            - While the DRM pull request hasn't yet been submitted, there are Radeon performance improvements, various other Radeon changes, Exynos driver improvements, Intel/Nouveau changes, and much more.
            yay!

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            • #7
              I do not get the attitude displayed here - this is a significant amount of notable changes for one Kernel release, especially in such a short period of time. In that respect it certainly is an amazing gift.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ворот93 View Post
                Does anyone use it actually?
                Tonnes of systems do.

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