While Linux 4.10-rc1 was only released yesterday and there will be about two months before it rolls around to the Linux 4.11 merge window, Intel OTC already has new code ready for testing.
Hitting the end of the year as well as yesterday's Linux 4.10-rc1 kernel marking the end of the merge window, here is a look at some kernel development statistics.
The merge window is over and the first release candidate to Linux 4.10 is now available for testing.
For users of the Network File System, there are more NFS client updates coming in the Linux 4.10 kernel.
While the DRM feature updates for Linux 4.10 were already sent in and integrate the AMDGPU improvements for the next kernel release, a fixes pull request sent in now gives more hope for GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" users wanting to run AMDGPU.
Takashi Iwai submitted all of the sound driver updates on Wednesday for the Linux 4.10 kernel. Intel Skylake audio continues to be refined but there is also a lot of other hardware driver work.
The PCI subsystem updates for the Linux 4.10 merge window were sent in a few days ago.
Here is a look at the new features so far of the Linux 4.10 kernel, less than one week into the two-week merge window process. There is a lot of great improvements and additions to Linux 4.10, but we'll see if it ends up being a bigger release than Linux 4.9.
The media updates for the Linux 4.10 kernel merge window includes promoting a lot of code from staging into the mainline area.
Kernel developer Arnd Bergmann has started a discussion over upping the minimum GCC version that's supported for building the Linux kernel. He's been testing every GCC compiler release from 4.0 through GCC 7 to see the results when building the Linux kernel.
The big batch of ARM changes for the Linux 4.10 kernel have been submitted, including some new ARM platform support and early code for NVIDIA's next-generation Tegra SoC.
The latest pull request to talk about for the Linux 4.10 kernel merge window are the x86 platform driver updates.
The Linux MD/RAID code was updated today in Git for the Linux 4.10 kernel with new functionality.
VFIO, the Virtual Function I/O framework for exposing direct device access to user-space in a secure manner with IOMMU protection, has an important new interface with Linux 4.10.
The HID changes for the Linux 4.10 kernel have been submitted and includes new hardware support.
FBDEV has been slowly fading away for a number of years with DRM drivers becoming more friendly towards embedded use-cases and more. FBDEV hasn't fully died off yet, but as of Linux 4.10 it's now without a maintainer.
Well known Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has sent in his pull requests for the code he oversees for the Linux 4.10 merge window.
David Airlie has sent in all of the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver updates for Linux 4.10.
The libata updates for the Linux 4.10 kernel brings support for ATA Command Priorities, but it's a feature disabled by default.
In addition to the scheduler changes with Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and the EFI changes for Linux 4.10, Ingo Molnar sent in his other pull requests for the code he oversees. Here is a collection of the other highlights.
The scheduler area work is another one of Ingo Molnar's interesting pull requests submitted already for Linux 4.10. Exciting us the most about the scheduler changes for this next kernel version is finally having mainline support for Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.
Ingo Molnar has sent in pull requests for the various areas of the Linux kernel he maintains with various feature updates for the just-opened Linux 4.10 merge window. Of the pull requests so far, one of them worth mentioning is the EFI updates.
Earlier today while waiting for the Linux 4.9 release, I ran some fresh gitstats on the latest Linux kernel Git tree to see the latest numbers on the kernel for those interested in some analytics.
Con Kolivas has announced the release of the MuQSS CPU scheduler v0.15 with support for the Linux 4.9 kernel. MuQSS is his evolutionary successor to the BFS scheduler.
The Linux 4.9 kernel has been officially released.
With the Linux 4.10 kernel merge window expected to open this weekend, I was digging around to see whether there was anything new on the BUS1 front and whether we might see it for the next kernel cycle.
Intel developers are working on "five level paging" to overcome the x86_64 limitation of 256 TiB of virtual address space and 64 TiB of physical address space. While you may not have that much memory in your desktop, that limitation is being hit but can be increased through 5-level paging.
Toward the end of November was a discussion that started about potentially dropping all of the FBDEV Linux kernel drivers that are currently in the staging area, but it doesn't look like that will go through, at least until the relevant hardware has seen basic DRM driver ports.
There is a new DRM driver merged into DRM-Next for the Linux 4.10 merge window.
With the Linux 4.9 kernel expected for release this coming weekend, here is a recap of some of the most interesting changes for this next big kernel release.
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