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The Best Features Of The Linux 3.5 Kernel

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Published on 17 July 2012 01:37 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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With the release of the Linux 3.5 kernel expected in just a few days, here's some of the most exciting features to look forward to.

Among the many features are:

- Radeon graphics performance improvements on the open-source driver.

- Many Intel graphics driver changes, including the Haswell and Valley View work for their upcoming hardware.

- DMA-BUF work coming together.

- The ASpeed KMS driver.

- The Matrox KMS driver.

- Cirrus QEMU KMS driver for virtualization.

- Radeon HD 6000 series HDMI audio support.

- Various other DRM/KMS graphics-related changes.

Aside from graphics, there is:

- Creative Sound Core3D support, which is the latest-generation Creative audio processors succeeding the Sound Blaster X-Fi hardware.

- Xonar DGX support and other audio-related enhancements.

- Many kernel input support improvements.

- ARM improvements.

- CRC32 meta-data support for EXT4 file-systems.

- ACPI updates.

- Minor Btrfs improvements.

- CoDel packet scheduler.

Expect the Linux 3.5 kernel to be officially released this week or next.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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