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Linux 3.12-rc1 Kernel Released With Glorious Features

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Published on 16 September 2013 09:58 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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While at the first day of LinuxCon in New Orlenans, Linus Torvalds went ahead and released the Linux 3.12-rc1 kernel as the first major development release for this major forthcoming open-source kernel update.

We've already been covering the Linux 3.12 kernel changes for the past two weeks while the merge window has been open (and prior to that with covering the interesting -next Git trees and other early mailing list activity discussing to-be-merged patches).

If you didn't already read An Overview Of Linux 3.12 Kernel Features, I would encourage you to do so as it concisely lists all of the interesting bits that made it for Linux 3.12 -- at least from our perspective with the enthusiast and desktop hardware angle. There's lots of open-source graphics driver improvements, the continued evolution of Linux file-systems, more ARM work, and various new/updated hardware drivers.

You can also read Torvalds' 3.12-rc1 announcement but it's not terribly interesting for end-users or even enthusiasts. Of the merge window activity, 73% of the code churn was within drivers, 12% within the architecture area, and 6% for file-systems while the remainder was scattered among the other subsystems. The feature features mentioned by Linus were scalability improvements, cleaned up TTY locking, and dentry refcount scalability.

We'll have the usual Linux 3.12 kernel benchmarks in the coming weeks. Already on Phoronix I have shared Intel (Haswell) Iris Pro benchmarks and early file-system tests.

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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