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The New Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

Linux Kernel

Published on 17 August 2014 11:41 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Now that the merge window has passed and Linux 3.17-rc1 released, here's a rundown of the new features for the Linux 3.17 kernel.

Highlights of Linux 3.17 include:

Graphics:

- Many Radeon GPU improvements -- including working Radeon R9 290 series support.

- Numerous graphics improvements for Intel's driver.

- Continued Nouveau driver improvements for this open-source NVIDIA driver.

- A new DRM driver.

Hardware:

- DMA-BUF cross-device synchronization support.

- Many old/unmaintained drivers were removed.

- Intel Braswell audio driver.

- Improved Sony SIXAXIS device support.

- Better Wacom tablet support.

- ACPI 5.1 / ACPI on ARM work.

- Lots of new ARM hardware enablement.

- Support for detecting free-falls of Toshiba laptops.

- Intel Idle Broadwell support.

Other:

- Support for using EFI to boot Xen Dom0.

- KVM improvements for x86.

- Enhancements to F2FS.

- A sysfs interface for XFS.

- Linux APIC code is working towards a big overhaul.

- Update: Linux 3.17 also lands Memfd, a prereq for KDBUS.

Stay tuned for our benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel and other kernel tests that will be coming on Phoronix in the days and weeks ahead.

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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