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Linux 3.8 Kernel Officially Released

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Published on 18 February 2013 08:14 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The Linux 3.8 kernel was released on Monday afternoon by Linus Torvalds. This is a very exciting kernel update.

Since the release of Linux 3.7 in early December there have been many changes presented for Linux 3.8, which are covered in the Phoronix 3.8 feature overview article. Among the highlights are the introduction of the new F2FS file-syste, EXT4 inline data support, true CPU hot-plug support, Intel i386 support removal, new processor enablement, Radeon driver performance improvements, Intel DRM work, and a whole lot more.

For those interested in benchmarks of Linux 3.8, among the in-house Phoronix tests to date include F2FS file-system benchmarks, EXT4 and Btrfs on Linux 3.8, Intel Ivy Bridge HD 4000 benchmarks, a Nouveau 5-way GPU comparison, NVIDIA GeForce 600 Linux performance, faster AMD Radeon graphics, and other 3.8 benchmarks.

Linus announced the Linux 3.8 release with this mailing list message. There's still a Btrfs fix that wasn't merged for Linux 3.8 but it looks like that will be staved off until a stable point release.

Next up now is the Linux 3.9 kernel with its merge window opening this week. There's already a lot of fun merges planned for this next kernel development 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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