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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Planning A Linux 3.13 Franken Kernel

Linux Kernel

Published on 20 November 2013 03:00 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Today at the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit it was generally agreed upon that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be targeting the Linux 3.13 kernel to power the distribution, but there's a chance 3.14 might happen.

Canonical's Leann Ogasawara started off the kernel session by basically saying 3.13 is what more or less will happen, but then other developers chimed in that made Linux 3.14 a greater possibility. Given that Linux 3.14 is not likely to arrive until March or April, it's stable release is too close to the April debut of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to put much trust in its quality and fear of regressions. As a result, Linux 3.13 is the safe bet.

However, Linux 3.14 might end up happening depending upon how the Linux 3.13 kernel looks. Canonical is concerned about the hardware enablement support in Linux 3.13 and if everything landed. It sounds like their main concern is the hardware enablement of Intel Broadwell as the i915 driver was brought up.

Broadwell made it into 3.13, but it's not fully-baked. The Intel developers themselves have said the 3.13 support is experimental and will take more time / kernel releases to iron out the support.

Canonical is willing to back-port a great deal of code from 3.14 and other kernels if needed, which would result in yet another "franken kernel" for Ubuntu Linux. This is most likely what will happen since when 3.13 stable is released the Broadwell support and other new hardware enablement will still be in a less than desirable form for end-users; it happened with Haswell, Ivy Bridge, etc, in taking more time than was estimated to have reliable Linux graphics support. It appears that they wouldn't back-port the entire 3.14 DRM tree though because the i915 driver was specifically called out during the vUDS kernel session since it's notorious for regressing on older generations of hardware.

We'll see what happens but Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will likely be on a Linux 3.13 kernel with a ton of back-ports over not having faith in Linux 3.14 shipping timely and in a ready form that's dependable and low on regressions. Hitting Linux 3.13 is at least exciting though over being ultra-conservative and sticking to Linux 3.12 and doing greater back-ports because Linux 3.13 has a ton of great features.


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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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