Following a two week merge window following the release of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel
, Linus Torvalds has announced the first release candidate for the next kernel, to be known as the Linux 2.6.34 kernel
Of a lot of interest to us (and likely you too) are all of the GPU DRM updates
in the Linux 2.6.34 kernel that includes GPU hybrid switching
, initial ATI Radeon HD 5000 series KMS support
(a.k.a. "Evergreen"), controversial Nouveau changes
, ATI Radeon KMS power management support, Intel Sandy Bridge
support, and much more.
Outside of the graphics fun in this kernel to be officially released next quarter is a new filesystem (Logfs), a hardware driver for Apple's Magic Mouse, virtualization improvements, and other updates particularly to the Linux drivers and architectures.
The Linux 2.6.34-rc1 kernel release announcement can be read at LKML.org
. Over at kernel-tracker.phoromatic.com
we continue to benchmark the very latest Linux kernel code on a daily basis on multiple systems. So far there doesn't appear to be any major outstanding performance regressions covered by our tests during the Linux 2.6.34 development thus far.