There's long been talk on killing FBDEV and getting rid of CONFIG_VT with a modern replacement making more use of DRM/KMS drivers, but so far none of those efforts have fully panned out. The latest proposal is a "DRM text mode" as an alternative to FBDEV/FBCON.
I've already written more than a dozen various bits of information about the Linux 4.8 kernel this week covering the big pull requests / subsystem updates. Here's a collection of some of the other PRs that have arrived this week.
For a number of months there's been an effort to replace the CFQ I/O scheduler with BFQ inside the Linux kernel. That isn't happening for the current Linux 4.8 cycle, but new patches were published today in pursuing this goal.
The usercopy protection was sent in today for pulling into the Linux 4.8 kernel.
The Linux 4.7 kernel may be just two days old, but already it's being shipped as the default kernel to Intel's Clear Linux operating system.
Four years after Linux kernel work originally got underway for supporting HDMI CEC and after many patch revisions of the rebooted CEC effort over the past year, the Linux 4.8 media pull request is finally set to land this new framework.
Ingo Molnar sent in his pull requests on Monday for the Linux 4.8 kernel. Among the interesting material this cycle were the x86/mm changes with some notable commits.
Yet another early pull request to talk about for the Linux 4.8 kernel are improvements to /dev/random.
Ted Ts'o usually sends in his EXT4 file-system updates later in the kernel merge window cycles, but not for Linux 4.8. Just one day into the Linux 4.8 merge window he's already submitted the new material to be merged for EXT4.
In addition to hardened usercopy support being prepped for the Linux 4.8 kernel, the new CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_MEMORY option was sent in this morning via a separate pull request as another security feature for the 4.8 cycle.
With the fresh sources from last night's Linux 4.7 kernel release, the GNU Linux-libre folks have released their 4.7-gnu kernel.
As expected, the Linux 4.7 kernel was officially released this Sunday afternoon.
Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes.
Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy.
If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.7 kernel will be released before the day is through. Here's a recap of some of the biggest features added for the Linux 4.7 kernel.
With the Linux 4.7 kernel expected to be released this weekend, I did some Linux kernel comparison power measurements from a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook. Here are those results.
The Linux 4.7 kernel is expected to be officially released this coming weekend, but a pile of Intel Kabylake fixes are needed if the DRM graphics support is to be in order.
Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has submitted the final round of feature updates for the i915 DRM driver for DRM-Next to in turn target the Linux 4.8 kernel.
Being half-way now through the year and Linux 4.7 coming later this month, I figured it would be fun to run some statistics on the Linux kernel Git repository to see how this year is stacking up compared to past years.
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has sent in his VC4 DRM driver changes of material for DRM-Next to in turn land with the Linux 4.8 kernel.
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux 4.7-rc7 as the seventh weekly test release to Linux 4.7.
Linus Torvalds has released the sixth weekly test version to the Linux 4.7 kernel.
Jason Donenfeld announced today WireGuard, what he describes as a next-generation secure network tunnel for the Linux kernel.
The fifth weekly test release to the Linux 4.7 kernel is now available for testing.
There was a 30~40% drop in some of the SPEC Java benchmarks when using the Linux 4.7 development code, but fortunately this regression has now been discovered and addressed.
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 4.7-rc4 kernel on Sunday night.
Henrik Austad of Cisco has published very early code for implementing a TSN core driver in the Linux kernel. TSN is short for Time Sensitive Networking and was formerly known as Audio/Video Bridging (AVB).
Linus Torvalds announced the release this morning of the Linux 4.7-rc3 kernel.
Complementing the significant amount of Intel DRM driver code already vetted and queued up for the Linux 4.8 cycle via DRM-Next, more code was pulled in last night for the various Direct Rendering Manager drivers in preparation for this next kernel cycle later in the summer.
The Linux kernel DRM/KMS drivers continue moving ahead with their atomic conversion.
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