Besides the DRM work already piling up for Linux 3.4, there's more. The Samsung developers responsible for the Exynos graphics driver have sent in their "-next" pull request, which brings several new features, including the basis of 2D acceleration for this open-source ARM graphics driver. There's also a virtual display driver that could be used for handling wireless displays.
For those that don't closely follow the various development lists, at the end of February a Silicon Motion developer came to the DRI list announcing he had "a kernel driver for all our graphics chips" that he was looking to mainline. It sounds nice, but in the end it's a let-down and the most you'll probably get out of it is a few laughs.
With the final release of the Linux 3.3 kernel expected to happen in in a matter of days, here's a recap of some of the most prominent Linux 3.3 kernel features that were introduced this cycle.
While it looks like there's still another week before the Linux 3.3 kernel will be released and thus marking the merge window for the Linux 3.4 kernel opening, here's some of the DRM graphics changes you can expect to see merged.
While last week it looked like the final release of the Linux 3.3 kernel was imminent, this didn't end up exactly being the case. Due to an up-tick in patches being merged this week, Linus Torvalds decided to go ahead and tag Linux 3.3-rc7 on Saturday afternoon.
The merge window for the Linux 3.4 kernel will open up this month assuming the latest Linux 3.3 release plans work out. One of the features to look forward to out of Linux 3.4 will be the DRM driver support for Intel Medfield graphics.
Towards the end of last year a new effort was initiated to mainline more of the Android changes inside the Linux kernel. Work has been progressing on that front and with the Linux 3.4 kernel more of these changes will land.
On Sunday marked the release of the 58th point release for the Linux 2.6.32 kernel by Greg Kroah-Hartman. The Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel now marks the passing of this kernel series into its extended-long-term maintenance window.
The Linux 3.3 kernel release might be imminent. In releasing the Linux 3.3-rc6 kernel, which Linus says is just made up of small fixes and clean-ups, he says this could be the last release candidate.
An interesting mailing list question was posed yesterday to DRM developers, which raises the question there might be a new Linux DRM kernel driver being hacked.
While this weekend saw the release of the Linux 3.3-rc5 kernel, which Linus Torvalds self-admitted was pretty boring, also hitting the mailing list this past week were new kernel patches to implement auto-sleep and "wake locks" support.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.3-rc5 kernel this weekend. Overall, "it's been pretty boring, which is just how I like it."
A status report of the XFS file-system for January 2012 has been released. This report outlines some of then notable improvements made to this popular enterprise-grade Linux file-system for the Linux 3.2 and 3.3 kernels.
Brought up on the Linux kernel mailing list this week was a short-lived discussion whether Linux device drivers should be moved from kernel-space to user-space in an attempt to provide "greater security and robustness" of Linux systems.
While the Linux 3.3 kernel is still weeks away from release, there's more building up to look forward to with its successor: the Linux 3.4 kernel. A few months down the road when Linux 3.4 makes it out, there will be some additional Intel performance improvements.
After writing about Btrfs LZ4 compression support and that the Btrfs FSCK tool wasn't available, it turns out that there is the new Btrfs repair tool, but it's not widely known and it's not recommended to ever use it -- at least at this stage.
There's a new KMS/DRM driver to introduce to the world: UDL. UDL is a DRM kernel mode-setting driver for the USB-based DisplayLink graphics adapters.
The Linux 3.3-rc4 kernel was released this Saturday evening after a peculiar 32-bit kernel bug had led to the release being delayed by a few days.
A patch has been sent over to the Btrfs developers that can result in the next-generation Linux file-system being 5~10% faster in writes by introducing an extent buffer cache for each i-node.
Adding to the already existing Linux schedulers, including the out-of-tree Brain Fuck Scheduler (BFS), is now a proposal to integrate a new scheduler... The Barbershop Load Distribution scheduler.
VGEM, the Virtual GEM provider for the Linux kernel, is still being developed and a new version has been published.
The Linux 3.3 kernel is now up to its third RC release and is fairly in shape.
The proper solution to the Linux kernel ASPM power regression will finally be landing in the stable Linux 3.2 kernel series.
The second Linux 3.3 kernel release candidate is now available, which is coming a bit late due to Linus Torvalds falling behind.
Btrfs, the quite promising next-generation Linux file-system that's been in-development for years by Chris Mason and others, is about to take on a big role within Oracle's Enterprise Linux distribution.
Another one of the interesting talks that was recorded from Linux.Conf.Au in Ballarat, Australia last week was the presentation by Matthew Garrett. He went over the good and bad of UEFI support under Linux.
Chris Mason of Btrfs fame wasn't the only Linux file-system developer talking to the public last week. While the Btrfs talk was going on in Los Angeles at SCALE 10x, Dave Chinner was down under in Australia at LCA2012 talking about XFS. His talk included some controversial shots at EXT4 and Btrfs.
An fsck utility capable of fixing problems on the Btrfs file-system is imminent. Plus other features continue to be worked on for this next-generation, open-source Linux file-system.
While there's a lot of improvements in the Linux 3.3 kernel, it's not perfect. Here's some of what's unfortunately missing from this forthcoming kernel.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.3-rc1 kernel on Thursday afternoon that marks the closure of the two-week Linux 3.3 kernel merge window.
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