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Interesting Features, Changes In The Linux 3.9 Kernel

Linux Kernel

Published on 21 April 2013 12:44 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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With the release of the Linux 3.9 kernel being imminent, here's a recap of the most interesting features coming to this next Linux release.

On Phoronix have been dozens of articles talking about new features, fixes, and other activity found within the Linux 3.9 kernel. There's also already been many Linux benchmarks done from this forthcoming kernel release. In looking back, some of the top items include:

- File-system improvements; see our HDD and SSD Linux 3.9 file-system benchmarks. Btrfs has experimental RAID5/6 support and fsync performance improvements. There's also a fix for an EXT4 corruption bug. Samsung's new F2FS file-system has seen various improvements.

- Faster LZO compression within the kernel.

- Improved power management, including a new lightweight suspend mode.

- Improved ARM SoC support.

- Mainlining of Google's Goldfish.

- Support for a new architecture that's already powering billions of devices.

- Many DRM graphics driver changes. Nouveau, the open-source reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver, is faster for some Linux OpenGL games. There's also some Intel OpenGL performance changes.

It's exciting to look forward to the imminent release of the Linux 3.9 kernel, but there's already features making enthusiasts interested in the Linux 3.10 kernel. Fortunately, it's a never-ending cycle.

About The Author
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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