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Linux 3.4 Kernel Released With Many New Features

Linux Kernel

Published on 21 May 2012 02:06 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The Linux 3.4 kernel was released to end out the weekend of Linus Torvalds' with this major kernel release highlighting several new Linux features.

Key features of Linux 3.4 include:

- Intel performance improvements (Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge).

- New power management phases and a PCI-E ASPM change.

- The initial Radeon HD 7000 series / Trinity code for the kernel DRM driver. (The user-space Gallium3D support though is still a mess.)

- Many Btrfs changes.

- DMA-BUF PRIME support.

- x32 ABI support.

- Initial GeForce 600 Kepler series support.

The release came right on time as expected last week.

The release announcement for the Linux 3.4 kernel can be found at LKML.org.

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