The material submitted so far for Linux 4.8 includes:
- ASLR for kernel memory sections.
- Numerous /dev/random improvements.
- Intel MPX enhancements and the MM pull also has work towards virtually mapped kernel stacks.
- Hardened Usercopy Protection is being mainlined.
File-Systems / Storage:
- Unified EXT4 encryption code.
- NVMe over Fabrics work and other block changes.
- Improved support for Shingled Magnetic Recording.
- Basic churn in the XFS and F2FS file-systems.
- Performance improvements to the NFS client.
- The big Btrfs ENOSPC rework has landed for potentially better throughput and lower latency.
- ACPI Low-Power Idle
- The HDMI CEC framework is finally being mainlined!
- The new Intel Virtual Button driver for benefiting some newer laptops.
- Microsoft Surface 3 touch-screen support.
- New ASoC sound drivers including for some Mediatek platforms and the Allwinner A10.
- Continued prepping for IBM POWER9 CPUs.
- The usual assortment of other routine changes.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Linux 4.8 merge window as the period continues until next weekend, followed by our usual kernel benchmarks. There's still the DRM pull request ahead (our favorite, of course!) and more to look forward to this week.