Linux Kernel News Archives
The Linux CONFIG_VT Mayhem

In the past number of months on Phoronix there have been numerous articles about the conquest of David Herrmann and others to killing CONFIG_VT in the Linux kernel or at least deprecating it. Here's the latest material on the matter.

25 September 2013 - CONFIG_VT - 4 Comments
Ivy Bridge Graphics Benchmarks From Linux 3.12 Kernel

When running some Iris Pro 5200 graphics benchmarks we were surprised to see the Intel Linux 3.12 kernel changes didn't boost the performance at all given that it enables the 128MB of dedicated video memory. Additionally, within the forums there's been reports of Intel users seeing decreased performance out of the 3.12 kernel code. To clear up matters a bit, here's some Intel Ivy Bridge tests on Linux 3.12 compared to prior kernel releases.

18 September 2013 - Slowdowns? Gains? - Add A Comment
An Overview Of Linux 3.12 Kernel Features

The merge window for the Linux 3.12 kernel is coming to an end and 3.12-rc1 should be released soon. Here's an overview of the interesting merges that happened over the past two weeks as new features for Linux 3.12.

15 September 2013 - Linux 3.12 Kernel - 2 Comments
Btrfs Gets Performance Improvements In Linux 3.12

We're late into the Linux 3.12 merge window and other prominent file-systems were already updated but on Thursday evening the Btrfs updates for the 3.12 kernel were finally published. With the new Btrfs pull does come some notable changes for this next-generation Linux file-system.

13 September 2013 - Btrfs Linux 3.12 - 6 Comments
Linux 3.12 Codenamed "Suicidal Squirrel"

After the Linux 3.11 kernel was codenamed "Linux for Workgroups" in reminisce of Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Linus Torvalds is using "Suicidal Squirrel" as the Linux 3.12 kernel codename.

12 September 2013 - Suicidal Squirrel - Add A Comment
Good Features For The Linux 3.12 Kernel

While the Linux 3.12 kernel isn't even up to its first RC release and thus the merge window hasn't closed yet, Linux 3.12 has already collected a number of promising features for the open-source kernel.

8 September 2013 - Linux 3.12 Kernel - 2 Comments
DRM Graphics Updates Sent In For Linux 3.12

For those monitoring the daily advancements to the open-source DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) kernel graphics driver, the big feature pull request has been sent in for the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window.

5 September 2013 - Direct Rendering Manager - 4 Comments
A New Log-Structured Linux Caching Software Driver

While it didn't make it as part of the initial staging pull for the Linux 3.12 merge window, on Sunday dm-writeboost was proposed for staging. DM-Writeboost is new log-structured Linux caching software.

4 September 2013 - DM-Writeboost - 6 Comments
How To Boot A UEFI Self-Signed Linux Kernel

Greg Kroah-Hartman has noted that the Linux Foundation has joined the UEFI.org group. With his new UEFI dealings, he's decided to better document the steps needed to build and boot a self-signed Linux kernel that will work on UEFI SecureBoot enabled systems.

3 September 2013 - UEFI - 6 Comments
SimpleDRM Driver Published Ahead Of Linux 3.12

The SimpleDRM driver has been revised ahead of the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window. This simple DRM/KMS driver that's generic has been around for a few months now and David Herrmann is hoping it will be reviewed and ready in time.

2 September 2013 - Linux 3.12 Merge Candidate? - 6 Comments
Going Over DRM Render/Mode-Set Nodes

For those curious about the DRM render/mode-set nodes work that was successfully accomplished via GSoC by David Herrmann, he has written another blog post at length about his accomplishments.

1 September 2013 - David Herrmann Writes - 9 Comments
Exciting Features That Will Come To Linux 3.12

While the Linux 3.11 kernel hasn't even been released yet (hopefully this weekend) and with it will come many exciting changes, there's already a lot to get excited for with the Linux 3.12 kernel.

31 August 2013 - Linux 3.12 Features - 2 Comments
Recapping The Linux 3.11 Kernel Features

The Linux 3.11 kernel will hopefully be released this weekend so if you've fallen behind on your Phoronix reading or have got lost in the dozens of different 3.11/3.12/not-merged articles about new Linux kernel features, here's a recap of some of the most prominent features that are introduced in the Linux 3.11 kernel.

31 August 2013 - Linux 3.11 Kernel - Add A Comment
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
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

1310 Linux Kernel news articles published on Phoronix.