While the Linux 3.14 kernel merge window is barely half way over, there's already a ton of exciting changes to make this yet another very interesting kernel update. Here's some of what end-users can expect to see out of Linux 3.14 in terms of improvements and new functionality.
One and a half years ago there was a call for deprecating the Linux kernel's frame-buffer support but that still hasn't happened and the FBDEV support continues to advance, including with the in-development Linux 3.14 kernel.
There's support for several new ARM SoC platforms with the upcoming Linux 3.14 kernel.
David Herrmann has announced his latest work on his SimpleDRM driver plan for the Linux kernel along with a new sysfb concept. These latest eleven patches are considered a "major rewrite" of the earlier SimpleDRM code.
Logitech's Dual Action Gamepad is now supported under the next Linux kernel release.
The battery update to the Linux 3.14 kernel provides a new power supply notifier.
The latest pull request for the Linux 3.14 kernel worth commenting on and discussing at Phoronix is the sound/audio updates for this next version of the Linux kernel. The sound updates for Linux 3.14 are quite exciting (though not nearly as exciting as a Linux-friendly multi-million dollar home entertainment system) and includes new hardware enablement, better power management, and other Linux sound driver improvements.
The ACPI and power management updates for the Linux 3.14 kernel have a wide range of changes, including updates to Intel's new P-State CPUfreq driver, various fixes, and other CPUfreq improvements.
The Intel MPX support, a feature of next year's "Skylake" processors, isn't yet done for the Linux kernel but the early infrastructure work will land with the Linux 3.14 kernel.
Besides the sysfs to Kernfs changes that were submitted on Monday by a Greg Kroah-Hartman pull request, also submitted were pull requests for the USB and staging areas of the kernel for the Linux 3.14 release.
The Linux 3.14 kernel is getting Kernfs, which is the splitting of the sysfs logic into an independent entity so other kernel subsystems can more easily implement their own virtual file-system.
The latest Linux 3.14 kernel activity is the Intel MID update.
Kexec will be supported on EFI-based systems with the Linux 3.14 kernel that just officially entered development this morning.
Less than 24 hours after the Linux 3.13 kernel release there's already interesting Git pull requests submitted for Linux 3.14.
While it's coming late, the Linux 3.13 kernel is now available.
While KDBUS isn't yet ready for merging into the mainline Linux kernel, work on this kernel D-Bus implementation continues moving forward in step with systemd.
The cross rename support is up to its third revision for hopeful inclusion soon in the mainline Linux kernel. The kernel work is to ultimately allow for two files to be exchanged in the file renaming process.
We're finally nearing the end of the Linux 3.13 development cycle and while this kernel delivers on many exciting improvements, we already can't wait to start talking more about the Linux 3.14 kernel with the continuous evolution of open-source software.
The Linux.Conf.Au 2014 conference has ended and Linus Torvalds now went ahead to release the Linux 3.13-rc8 kernel. This release isn't very exciting but is being intentionally dragged out.
With development dragging on for the Linux 3.13 kernel until the middle of January, here's a recap of some of the most important changes that landed into Linux 3.13 that either provided new features, performance improvements, or are worth noting for one reason or another. There's also a rundown of all the Linux kernel benchmarks we've done on this new kernel to date.
While there's already been many performance benchmarks of the Linux 3.13 kernel on Phoronix through numerous articles, following this weekend's release of Linux 3.13-rc7, I ran a fresh performance comparison.
For those in need of some light reading this weekend, the latest comical proposal hitting the Linux kernel mailing list is to have a new project writing portions of the kernel in the Perl programming language.
The Linux 3.13-rc7 kernel was released this weekend and development activity is quickly settling down, but there will still be at least a 3.13-rc8 next week before declaring the final version of this big kernel update.
The Volatile Ranges feature for the Linux kernel is now in its third year of being developed and a new set of sixteen patches were published today but there's still no sign that the code is ready for merging in the near-term.
While there hasn't been any front-page news out of the project in a while, GrSecurity is still an ongoing effort to harden the mainline Linux kernel.
Near the beginning of the month I wrote about an Intel developer finding a Linux kernel power regression increasing the system's power use by 50 Watts. After extensive testing and investigating, the issue has been fixed ahead of the Linux 3.13 kernel release and is proposed for stable point releases on the 3.10, 3.11, and 3.12 kernels.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.13-rc6 kernel today, which is a very small release given that it was over a holiday week.
A supposed Linux kernel developer has called upon Linus Torvalds and other kernel developers to take action against Richard Stallman and the GNU/Linux naming controversy.
Linus Torvalds plans on extending the time until the Linux 3.13 kernel release officially happens. The final release will take place around mid-January.
Linus Torvalds announced the official release of RC5 for the Linux 3.13 kernel this Sunday.
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