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Linux Kernel News Archives

Ubuntu Is Going After A New Linux Kernel API

In large part because of Canonical's new focus around Ubuntu Touch on phone/tablet devices, the Ubuntu developers are wanting a new revocable memory API for the Linux kernel to help in low-memory scenarios.
29 August 2013 - Revocable Memory API - 79 Comments

GPU Runtime Power Management Coming For Linux 3.12

The latest DRM subsystem work to be merged for the upcoming Linux 3.12 kernel is runtime power management support to be able to dynamically turn on/off secondary GPUs. This is an especially important feature for those with dual GPU (e.g. Optimus) laptops where the secondary GPU doesn't need to be constantly running.
29 August 2013 - GPU Runtime PM - 6 Comments

Snapdragon DRM/KMS Driver Merged For Linux 3.12

The upcoming Linux 3.12 kernel will feature a DRM/KMS driver that supports Qualcomm Snapdragon/Adreno graphics.
28 August 2013 - Qualcomm DRM - 11 Comments

Linux 3.11-rc7 Celebrates 22 Years Of Linux

It was on this day twenty-two years ago that Linus Torvalds made the first public release of his Linux operating system. In celebrating the 22nd birthday, the Linux 3.11-rc7 kernel has been tagged.
25 August 2013 - 22 Years Old - 3 Comments

A Run Down Of VT Switching On Linux

David Herrmann, the student developer working on DRM Render Nodes this summer and has been a longtime proponent of killing the Linux kernel console, has written at length about VT (virtual terminal) switching on Linux systems.
25 August 2013 - VT Switching - 108 Comments

DRM Render Nodes For Linux Move Close To Rendering

David Herrmann continues his GSoC summer project of implementing DRM Render Nodes support and as part of that VMA Access Management for the Linux kernel.
23 August 2013 - DRM Render Nodes - 1 Comment

The Most Exciting Linux 3.11 Kernel Features

With the Linux 3.11 kernel due to be released in the coming weeks, here's an overview of the most exciting changes for this next major Linux kernel update.
20 August 2013 - Linux 3.11 Features - 1 Comment

Linux 3.11-rc7 Planned To Celebrate 22 Years Of Linux

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.11-rc6 kernel on Sunday evening. This sixth release candidate is fairly quiet for the Linux 3.11 kernel, but Linus is already planning to time the 3.11-rc7 release to celebrate the 22nd birthday of Linux.
18 August 2013 - Linux 3.11-rc7 - 1 Comment

ZRAM Might Finally Be Moved Out Of Linux Staging

The zRAM Linux kernel module that aims to increase Linux's performance by avoiding paging to disk and optimizing to use a compressed block device in RAM, may finally leave the Linux kernel staging area and be promoted to main. This code that mostly benefits users with limited amounts of system RAM has become quite mature and is becoming widely adopted, which in part is why it's trying to be promoted out of the staging area.
14 August 2013 - zRAM Support - 17 Comments

Linux 3.11-rc5 Celebrates 20 Years Since Windows 3.11

Twenty years ago today Microsoft released Windows 3.11 while today Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.11-rc5 kernel. He wished he could have released Linux 3.11 kernel final today, but that didn't happen.
11 August 2013 - Linux 3.11 Kernel - 15 Comments

Linux's Common Display Framework Is Still Going

The Common Display Framework (CDF) proposal for the Linux kernel that started last year is still being worked on. The CDF code is now up to its third revision, but this isn't likely to be the final revision before pushing it for mainline inclusion.
11 August 2013 - Linux CDF

Linux 3.11 Power Consumption Results Are Mixed

Separate from the important Radeon DPM support in Linux 3.11 that can sharply lower system power usage when using this forthcoming kernel update, there's been other power-related changes in recent Linux kernel releases.
9 August 2013 - Linux Kernel 3.11 Power - 4 Comments

Linux 3.11-rc4 Kernel Brings More Changes

It's time for another Sunday release of the Linux kernel. While it's out on schedule, the Linux 3.11-rc4 release carries about the same amount of changes as 3.11-rc3, which isn't making Linus Torvalds happy.
4 August 2013 - Linux 3.11-rc4 - 5 Comments

ZFS File-System Tests On The Linux 3.10 Kernel

Using the latest ZFS On Linux support, the ZFS file-system was benchmarked from the Linux 3.10 stable kernel and compared to the Linux file-system competition.
3 August 2013 - ZFS Linux - 23 Comments

Power Capping Framework Proposed For Linux

A power capping framework has been proposed for the mainline Linux kernel to provide some standard interfaces for the increasing amount of drivers/hardware that support power monitoring and limiting.
3 August 2013 - Linux Power Capping - 6 Comments

Cross-Device Synchronization For DMA-BUF Still Coming

Cross-device synchronization support for DMA-BUF is still being worked on for a future Linux kernel release.
30 July 2013 - DMA-BUF

Linux 3.11-rc3 Kernel Brings In Many More Patches

The third release candidate is out for the Linux 3.11 kernel and it incorporates many more patches -- too many more than Linus Torvalds would prefer at this time.
29 July 2013 - Linux 3.11-rc3 - 12 Comments

Linux 3.11 Kernel Power Use Still Being Investigated

On Friday I reported that the Linux 3.11 kernel may lower power consumption for Intel systems. Since then, additional power consumption tests have revealed there are some changes within the Linux 3.11 but overall recent kernel releases are in better shape than the past.
28 July 2013 - Linux 3.11 Kernel - 3 Comments

Linux 3.11 May Lower Intel Power Consumption

It's still being investigated, but early indications are that the Linux 3.11 kernel is consuming less power at least for Intel CPUs.
26 July 2013 - Improved Power Consumption - 16 Comments

LZ4 Compression Proposed For SquashFS

Patches to support compressing SquashFS file-systems with the LZ4 compression algorithm have been proposed for the mainline Linux kernel, but it's not clear at the moment whether the work will be accepted.
23 July 2013 - LZ4 SquashFS - 5 Comments

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