With the Linux 3.12 kernel
likely being officially released this evening if there are no last-minute delays, here is a look again at some of the top features and changes for this major open-source Linux upgrade.
- First and foremost, there can be some big performance improvements
which I had tracked down to being a change in the default CPUfreq governor
. Open-source AMD Radeon graphics in particular should be a big benefactor. More details on Linux 3.12 performance changes can be found in my article earlier today covering Linux 3.12 kernel benchmarks
- The Radeon open-source kernel graphics driver has improved Dynamic Power Management
, but it won't be until Linux 3.13 where Radeon DPM is enabled by default along with HDMI audio
- A brand new DRM/KMS driver in the form of the Snapdragon MSM driver
written by Rob Clark to go along with his reverse-engineered Freedreno driver for Qualcomm Snapdragon/Adreno graphics.
- Run-time GPU power management
so NVIDIA Optimus systems can dynamically power on/off the secondary GPU.
- Experimental DRM render nodes
support done by David Herrmann over the summer.
- AMD Berlin APU support
as the first APU built upon AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA).
- The EXT4 file-system now supports aggressive extent caching and better recovery
- Random F2FS
, and Btrfs
file-system improvements. This kernel does deliver on disk improvements
- zRAM has been promoted
out of the staging area of the kernel. ZRAM supports a compressed block device in RAM to avoid paging to disk and is mostly of benefit for systems with limited amounts of system memory.
- Various staging driver updates
and sound driver work
and other glorious work
Stay tuned for more Linux 3.12 coverage and continued benchmarks while soon our focus will be all about Linux 3.13
with its Intel Broadwell support